Strathcona County's population is pushing a major milestone.
 
The county's population grew 2.9 per cent since their last census in 2015 and currently sits at 98,381.
 
Of the total population, 71,332 people reside in Sherwood Park and 27,049 are part of the county’s rural area. That includes farms and other smaller hamlets.
 
"We are pleased to see steady, positive growth,” said mayor Rod Frank.
 
If the population continues to grow at the same rate, the county will reach 100,000 residents by 2020.
 
Online participation for this year's census increased, from 50.8 per cent to 51.8 per cent. Having the online option saved about $35,000 in printing, scanning and personnel costs. Strathcona County said in a release residents also seem to like the option as it is quick and convenient for households.
 
“The census data gathered supports grant allocations to our municipality and helps the county to effectively plan and deliver programs and services for our growing community,” Frank added.
 
Businesses and community organizations can also use the census information for market planning and research.
 
In addition to population numbers, the census collects other information including dwelling statistics, length of residency, number of vehicles owned, citizenship, household size, gender and age of residents and more.

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