Airdrie
City of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Aerial view of Airdrie
Flag of Airdrie
Official logo of Airdrie
City boundaries
City boundaries
Airdrie is located in Alberta
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Alberta
Airdrie is located in Canada
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Canada
Airdrie is located in Rocky View County
Airdrie
Airdrie
Location in Rocky View County
Coordinates: 51°17′30″N 114°00′52″W / 51.29167°N 114.01444°W / 51.29167; -114.01444
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionCalgary Metropolitan Region
Municipal districtRocky View County
Founded1899
Incorporated[1] 
 • Village September 10, 1909
 • TownMay 1, 1974
 • CityJanuary 1, 1985
Government
 • MayorPeter Brown
 • Governing body
Airdrie City Council
  • Darrell Belyk
  • Ron Chapman
  • Alfred Jones
  • Candice Kolson
  • Tina Petrow
  • Heather Spearman
 • ManagerHoracio Galanti
 • MPBlake Richards (Banff—AirdrieCons)
 • MLAAngela Pitt ([[Airdrie East (electoral district) – United Conservative Party); Peter Guthrie Airdrie-Cochrane (electoral district) - United Conservative Party
Area
 (2021)[3]
 • Total86.03 km2 (33.22 sq mi)
 • Land84.39 km2 (32.58 sq mi)
Elevation1,098 m (3,602 ft)
Population
 (2021)[3]
 • Total74,100
 • Density878.1/km2 (2,274/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2019)
70,564[5]
DemonymsAirdronian[6]
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation areas
Area codes403, 587, 825, 368
Highways2
Websiteairdrie.ca

Airdrie (/ˈɛərdri/ AIR-dree) is a city in Alberta, Canada, within the Calgary Region. It is located north of Calgary within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor at the intersection of Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2) and Highway 567.

The City of Airdrie is part of the Calgary census metropolitan area and a member municipality of the Calgary Metropolitan Region Board (CMRB). The city is surrounded by Rocky View County.

Airdrie had a population of 86,000 by the end of 2023, making it the 5th largest city in Alberta, after Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.[7] Its average age was 35.

History

Airdrie was first established as a railway siding in 1889 during the construction of the Calgary and Edmonton Railway, named for Airdrie, Scotland.[8] Airdrie originated as a stopping point for steam trains next to Nose Creek.[9] Only railway buildings existed until 1901 when the first farmhouse and barn was built, followed by a post office and store in that same year.[10] The village of Airdrie was incorporated in 1909.[11] The Nose Creek Valley Museum offers an overview of Airdrie's past and history.

Geography

The annexation of 12.640 acres of land by Airdrie from Rocky View County in 2012 is designed to accommodate anticipated growth until 2062. Airdrie's southern and Calgary's northern city boundaries are within a few kilometres of each other.

Neighbourhoods

Airdrie is divided into four civic addressing quadrants.[12] As of the 2023, the City of Airdrie recognized the following neighbourhoods, not including rural and annexation land.[13]

Demographics

Source:[14]

Federal census
population history
YearPop.±%
1911164—    
1916156−4.9%
1921160+2.6%
1926191+19.4%
1931198+3.7%
1936214+8.1%
1941191−10.7%
1946198+3.7%
1951267+34.8%
1956327+22.5%
1961524+60.2%
1966778+48.5%
19711,089+40.0%
19761,408+29.3%
19818,414+497.6%
198610,390+23.5%
199112,456+19.9%
199615,946+28.0%
200120,382+27.8%
200628,927+41.9%
201142,564+47.1%
201661,581+44.7%
202174,100+20.3%
Source: Statistics Canada
[15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25]
[26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33][34][35][36][3]

In the 2023 Municipal Census conducted by the City of Airdrie,[37] the City had a population of 80,649. Between April 2019 and to the end of March 2023, 2,534 new homes were added in Airdrie, an increase of 9.67 per cent for a total of 28,744 dwellings.[37]

The population grew 14% from the last municipal census in 2019. Due to Covid-19 there were no municipal censuses done between 2020 and 2022.

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the City of Airdrie had a population of 61,581 living in 21,661 of its 22,398 total private dwellings, a change of 42.3% from its 2011 population of 43,271. With a land area of 84.57 km2 (32.65 sq mi), it had a population density of 728.2/km2 (1,885.9/sq mi) in 2016.[36]

Ethnicity

In 2021,[38] 74.7% of residents were white/European, 20.4% were visible minorities and 4.9% were Indigenous.

Panethnic groups in the City of Airdrie (2001−2021)
Panethnic group 2021[39] 2016[40] 2011[41] 2006[42] 2001[43]
Pop. % Pop. % Pop. % Pop. % Pop. %
European[a] 55,110 74.68% 50,435 82.42% 37,050 87.63% 27,035 93.89% 19,320 95.36%
South Asian 3,825 5.18% 1,840 3.01% 680 1.61% 190 0.66% 80 0.39%
Indigenous 3,630 4.92% 2,855 4.67% 1,580 3.74% 870 3.02% 425 2.1%
African 3,530 4.78% 1,755 2.87% 745 1.76% 95 0.33% 130 0.64%
Southeast Asian[b] 3,180 4.31% 1,725 2.82% 885 2.09% 135 0.47% 100 0.49%
Latin American 1,595 2.16% 825 1.35% 505 1.19% 50 0.17% 10 0.05%
East Asian[c] 1,130 1.53% 890 1.45% 540 1.28% 330 1.15% 180 0.89%
Middle Eastern[d] 980 1.33% 385 0.63% 60 0.14% 55 0.17% 20 0.1%
Other/multiracial[e] 810 1.1% 475 0.78% 235 0.56% 35 0.12% 0 0%
Total responses 73,795 99.59% 61,190 99.37% 42,280 97.71% 28,795 99.54% 20,260 99.28%
Total population 74,100 100% 61,581 100% 43,271 100% 28,927 100% 20,407 100%
Note: Totals greater than 100% due to multiple origin responses

Religion

46.8% of Airdrie residents were Christians, down from 62.1% in 2011.[44] 18.4% were Catholic, 11.3% were Protestant, and 11.8% were Christian n.o.s. 5.3% were other Christian denominations or Christian-related traditions, including 1.3% Latter Day Saints believers. 45.9% were non-religious or secular, up from 35.5% in 2011. 7.2% of the population belonged to other religions, up from 2.3% in 2011. The largest non-Christian religions were Islam (3.0%), Sikhism (2.1%) and Hinduism (1.0%).

Religion 2021[38] 2011[44]
Population Percent Population Percent
Christian 34,555 46.8% 26,275 62.1%
No religion 33,880 45.9% 15,030 35.5%
Muslim 2,250 3.0% 315 0.7%
Sikh 1,515 2.1% 205 0.5%
Hindu 710 1.0% 60 0.1%
Buddhist 215 0.3% 140 0.3%
Jewish 70 0.1% 0 -
Other 590 0.8% 245 0.6%

Arts and culture

Nose Creek Regional Park hosts the annual Airdrie Festival of Lights during the Christmas season, usually lasting for the whole month of December. Other annual festivals include the Canada Day Parade and the Airdrie Pro Rodeo. Airdrie's primary cultural venues include the Nose Creek Valley Museum and the Bert Church Live Theatre.[45] Bert Church Live Theatre hosts the Annual Airdrie Mayor's Night of the Arts.

Attractions

Sports

Airdrie is the home of several sporting franchises. Major teams include the Knights of Airdrie, a senior men's lacrosse team that plays in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. As well they have a Jr. B level hockey Team, the Airdrie Thunder, that competes in the Heritage Junior B Hockey League, and Team Airdrie, a Jr. C level hockey team that competes in the Calgary Jr. C Hockey League. They are also home to the CFR Chemical Bisons, a AAA Midget hockey team, playing out of the AMHL (Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League).

Airdrie is home to two competitive swimming clubs, Airdrie Phoenix Swim Club (Airdrie based, https://www.gomotionapp.com/team/abapsc/page/home ) and Nose Creek Swim Association (Calgary based, https://www.teamunify.com/team/canncsa/page/home ) with many athletes reaching provincial championships, and national competitions as well. Both clubs operate in Genesis Place.[1]

Airdrie is also the home of the Airdrie Irish ([2]) a SR MENS Semi Pro Alberta Football League. The Irish were formed in 2015 and play all home games at Airdrie's Genesis Place in summer months.

There is also a number of competitive junior and amateur sports with the largest being soccer, that call Airdrie home. Airdrie District Soccer Association (ADSA) has over 2000 children between the ages of 3 and 18 registered to its ever-growing program (www.airdriesoccer.com).[52] With Airdrie being one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, it is also home to eight competitive adult soccer teams playing within the Calgary Soccer Associations competition.[53]


Infrastructure

Transportation

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Airdrie is situated on the Queen Elizabeth II Highway (Highway 2), which links Calgary and Edmonton. Highway 567 provides access to Cochrane to the west and Irricana to the east.

Airdrie is served by the Airdrie Airport, with the closest major airport being the Calgary International Airport.

Airdrie launched the InterCity Express (ICE) in the fall of 2010, connecting Airdrie and Calgary transit hubs by a two-way express bus service.[54] Local bus service is provided by Airdrie Transit.

Education

Rocky View Schools provides public education in Airdrie, and operates 18[55] schools in the city:

Calgary Catholic School District operates four schools in Airdrie:

Private schools in the city include Airdrie Koinonia Christian School, Footprints for Learning Academy and Atlas Academy.

Airdrie has one fully francophone school, operated by the FrancoSud school board: École Francophone d’Airdrie, which is a K-12 school. It was renamed L’École des Hautes-Plaines in September 2023.[56]

Media

Due to its proximity to Calgary, Airdrie receives radio and television broadcasts from the city (see Media of Calgary). It at present has no local television broadcasters but has a radio station, Air 106.1 FM and an accompanying community internet portal, DiscoverAirdrie.com. The city has a local newspaper the Airdrie City View .[57] A community newsletter, Here's the Scoop, was also published weekly and delivered door to door as part of a larger flyer package throughout the city until July 2020, at which time it was purchased by Airdrie City View.[58] A quarterly magazine, AirdrieLIFE, is also available.[59]

Sister cities

Airdrie Park in Gwacheon

Notable people

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Statistic includes all persons that did not make up part of a visible minority or an indigenous identity.
  2. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Filipino" and "Southeast Asian" under visible minority section on census.
  3. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Chinese", "Korean", and "Japanese" under visible minority section on census.
  4. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "West Asian" and "Arab" under visible minority section on census.
  5. ^ Statistic includes total responses of "Visible minority, n.i.e." and "Multiple visible minorities" under visible minority section on census.

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