Historic population trends of Canadian Mormon settlements


Between the 1880s and 1930s, Mormon settlers created approximately 20 communities in Alberta, Canada. Some were founded at the direction of authorities from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (ie. Stirling, Magrath, Cardston) while others were founded by members of the church and established in the pattern typical of Mormon settlement (ie. Raymond, Barnwell, Orton, etc.). With the release of the latest Canadian census data, I have updated a spreadsheet I use to track the historic populations of these settlements between 1913 and today. Of the communities, only 8 have census data available. Some are/were too small to have a census while others didn’t survive long enough.

A couple of notes. First, I should have done a better job sourcing the data here. Some are from the Government of Canada Census website, while others were collected from Altapop.ca or municipal censuses. Add that to my to-do list.

Second, when moving between different census methodologies or sources the data sometimes doesn’t present properly what is going on. For example, Stirling shows a rise and fall between 2008 and the present. If you stick to just federal census data for Stirling’s population, it is growing aggressively without dipping. I imagine there is some data cleanup that will come with me properly sourcing the information.

With those caveats, here is the spreadsheet for anyone interested.

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