Facts and Figures:

Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is a city divided into four quadrants, containing a total of 180 distinct neighbourhoods. It lies 80km (50 miles) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies.


1.3 million (2012 Civic Census) in the Calgary Census Metropolitan Area; fourth largest CMA and third largest municipality in Canada

Age Breakdown:

Alberta has the lowest media age of all provinces in Canada, with 36 for the province and 35.7 for Calgary.

43.6% under age 35;
17% between 25-34;
7,6% between 20-24;
6.3% between 15-19

Median Family Income:

$ 93,410

Calgary is home to many attractions, corporate head offices, education institutions, young population and a great lifestyle. While the city is geographically wide-spread – covering a larger ground area than Toronto – it remains a close community. This cosmopolitan city has a multicultural flair and played host to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

In recent past, the economy of the city has been centered around the petroleum industry, financial institutions and high-technology industries. Some of the major companies headquartered in the city include Canadian Pacific Railway, Imperial Oil, EnCana and Petro-Canada.

There over 20 secondary schools in Calgary with a total of over 25,000 students in their final two years. Calgary is home to Western Canada's largest public high school, Lord Beaverbrook High School, with over 2000 students enrolled in the 2009-2010 year, more than 1300 of which were in grades 11 and 12.

Calgary is the site of five major public post-secondary institutions. The University of Calgary is Calgary's primary large degree-granting facility, and enrolled 28,807 students in 2006. Other post-secondary institutions include Mount Royal University, with 13,000 students, granting degrees in a number of fields; and SAIT Polytechnic, with over 14,000 students, provides polytechnic and apprentice education, granting certificates, diplomas and applied degrees. SAIT's main campus is in the Northwest quadrant, just north of downtown.

Smaller post-secondary institutions include Bow Valley College, Alberta College of Art and Design, and Columbia College as well as a number of private liberal arts institutions.