Airdrie by the numbers

Story by Christa Sanders

Airdrie by the Numbers

Who says numbers aren’t exciting? I think numbers are exceptionally exciting. Numbers harbour the secrets of amazing stories waiting to be told. Stories that will make you laugh, cry, keep you in suspense, inspire you, maybe scare you a little and even be borderline thrilling.

Let me tell you, Airdrie has numbers that tell an outstanding story. Here are a few of of my favourites.

Airdrie is home to more than 70,000 residents, 1,000 commercial/industrial businesses, 1,800 home-based businesses, a workforce of almost 48,000 people and more than 18,000 jobs.

With more than 100 years of history, Airdrie has consistently demonstrated its ability to attract and retain residents, talent and businesses. In fact, since 1999 we have attracted over 53,000 people, tripling our population and averaging a seven per cent year-over-year annual growth rate.

I believe we have some of the strongest numbers, nationwide, showing steady and growing population rates, declining non-residential vacancy rates, a growing business community and increased employment options. Our numbers show there is great opportunity for businesses and investors in Airdrie leading to more services, more employment and a greater variety of shops and services for residents.

Looking to the future, we have enough land to accommodate the addition of more than 100,000 people, 32,000 jobs and 34,000 residences over the next 20-plus years. Our track record of growth demonstrates Airdrie’s ability to reach these thresholds. Truly, these numbers reflect a narrative of growth potential and opportunity.

While our future is bright, we have some great stories to tell right now. Airdrie’s numerous assets and amenities chronicle a vibrant, healthy and safe community. We have more than 1,700 acres of parks; 130 kilometres of paved pathways; 73 playgrounds; a multitude of arts, culture and recreational facilities; and so much more. Our 2021 Citizen Satisfaction Survey highlights that Airdrie residents love their community – 93 per cent feel that Airdrie offers a high quality of life and 92 per cent feel that Airdrie is a safe community.

While Airdrie has ample amenities and infrastructure already, we are adding to these assets with new projects including the construction of the 40 Avenue and QEII interchange, designing a new library, and planning for a future new recreational centre.

So, what’s our story?  Airdrie’s story is an inspiring one of growth, potential and opportunity for all of the things our city is and can be. We have an amazing story by the numbers.


Want to learn more about Airdrie’s growth potential and opportunity? The City of Airdrie has recently released Airdrie’s Growth Report: Tracking Development and Change, highlighting some of Airdrie’s real estate opportunities. Reach out and follow Airdrie Economic Development on LinkedIn and find the report at


Christa Sanders is an Economic Development Officer with the City of Airdrie