Sylvan Lake’s eight percent growth rate, which is well above provincial and national averages as indicated by the 2021 census suggests the town’s continued popularity as a destination of choice.
According to Statistics Canada, the Municipality of Sylvan Lake recorded an official population of 15,995 in 2021 as compared to 15,302 in 2016.
“This is an 8 percent growth since our last Census (in 2016). Overall in Alberta, we are seeing a 4.9 percent growth rate, and Canada-wide 5.2 percent growth. This shows we are growing substantially faster than the provincial and national averages, which is an impressive feat through a recession. Welcome to all of our new residents,” shared Town of Sylvan Lake mayor Megan Hanson in a Facebook post.
Statistics Canada’s 2021 Census of Population shows on Sylvan Lake’s total land area of 23.09 square kilometres with a population density of 692.8 people per square kilometre, there are a total of 7,141 private dwellings with 6,396 occupied by usual residents.
“In 2021, there were 6,396 private dwellings occupied in Sylvan Lake, which represent a change of 13.9% from 2016,” shared Statistics Canada.
Sylvan Lake stands 27th in the provincial population rank for 2021.
With a 19.9 percent rise in residents between the 2011 and 2016 federal census, Sylvan Lake was recognized as the fastest-growing agglomeration in Canada.