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Updated: 6th January 2019 09:52

Census shows Edmonton's population is getting younger

Edmonton's official population as of April 1 is 817,498, up 35,059 since the last municipal census was taken in 2009.

The latest municipal census shows Edmonton's population is growing and getting younger.

The official population as of April 1 is 817,498, up 35,059 since the last municipal census was taken in 2009, and up 5,300 since the 2011 federal census.

The 2012 municipal census found that largest age group in Edmonton is made up of people between 25 to 34.

Shyla Kysters is a co-owner of the Sequel Cafe in downtown Edmonton. She isn't surprised that age group is moving to Edmonton because she did the same thing when she moved here to attend university.

"I'm from a small town in Northern Alberta," she said.  "The city of Edmonton has become my home. I've recently bought a home here, I've started a business."

Kysters thinks its great that young people are moving to the city.

"I hope they feel the same sense of community and want to put down roots," she said.

The census was conducted in April.

Respondents were also asked for the first time how they commute to work.

The majority — 75.5 per cent — drove, 14 per cent used public transit and another four per cent said they walked or biked.

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