For the first time, Alberta has a clear picture of its gender diversity.
The 2021 census data, released by Canada on Wednesday morning, contain data on age, gender at birth and gender and type of residence.
This is the first time that a question has been raised in the census that differentiates between a person’s gender at birth and their gender.
Data show that in Alberton, aged 15 and over, 99.63 per cent are cisgenders, meaning they identify with their gender at birth.
Of the remaining one percent, 7,305 transgender Alberts – 3,420 transgender and 3,880 transgender women.
Another 5,170 Albertans are non-binary, meaning they can be identified as gender-fluid, eccentric or bi-vapor.
More than 12 percent of Canada’s transgender and non-binary population live in Alberta.
Aging to Alberta
The numbers show Alberta is getting older, with a bigger spike in the number of people reaching retirement age, with fewer newborns and young people.
The data show that Alberton’s average age is 39, which is 1.2 years older than it was in 2016.
629,220 Albertans aged 65 or over represent 14.8 percent of the population. An increase of about 129,000 in five years represents the highest spike of population of any age during that period.
Most of them – about 87 percent – were born in the middle of a baby boom and were driven by numerous Alberts who turned 65 after 2016.
Statistics show that the number of children born in Alberta has dropped by 16,300 to four years and under. The number of Albertons aged five to 19 is higher than it was in 2016.
Also, there are nearly 48,600 under-20s in Alberta, and 10,000 under-30s.
And the Albertons live by themselves
Data shows that more people are living in homes – and more people are living alone.
The total number of occupied private apartments – defined as a living space with a private entrance that does not require anyone to pass through the living area – has increased to more than 118,500.
Of these, 48,430 single-family homes and 36,155 apartments are occupied by Alberton.
Data show that two-thirds of those occupied apartments are in less than five-story buildings.
Seven of the 10 occupied apartments in Alberta are lined up with overall apartment numbers showing that there are less than five floors in the building.
Approximately 58,000 Albertons live alone, and only two in 27,000 families live together.