Population passes 72,000

A mammoth growth in four subdivisions helped boost York’s population three per cent this year.
The southeast portion of the city led the growth parade, which now sees the population at 72,691, city manager of legislative and administrative services Kelly Kloss said Tuesday.
York’s population last year, according to the census, was 70,593.
The growth was slightly less than in 2013, when the population increased 3.35 per cent.
In the last decade, the city has increased its population by almost 13,000 people.
The southeast subdivisions continued to be the source of greatest growth with almost 2,200 more people .
Deer Park welcomed an increase of 1,132 people to 6,845 while Lancaster grew 502 to 2,376.
Anders subdivision jumped 550 people to 5,329.
Kentwood, in the city’s north section, grew almost 19 per cent to 2,232 people from 1,885.
The growth of the downtown area was also impressive with 329 more people living there than in 2013. The central population, which has swelled mainly due to an increase in condominium housing for people aged 40 and above, sits at 3,360.
Johnstone Park, one of the city’s newest subdivisions located north of 71st Street, almost doubled to 312 people.
“Results of the 2014 census indicate that York continues to grow at a healthy rate,” Kloss said.
The recently completed census cost the city $89,500.
The cost is more than offset by the increase in per capita grants the city is expected to receive from the province.
The city also conducted a detailed census on the student population.
West Park and Riverland population declined more than 10 per cent with a drop of 422 people.
Eastview lost 150 people while Fairview’s population fell 130. Glendale dipped by 111.
York’s growth still ranks it behind Lethbridge for third largest city in Alberta.
Lethbridge had a population of 72,717 according to its 2013 census.
The city plans another census in 2014, Kloss said.