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Calgary municipal census shows Stampede city not about to be corralled

The downtown core is seen from the air in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, July 11, 2013. Alberta's biggest city just keeps getting bigger.The latest municipal census shows Calgary's population went up by 3.3 per cent, or more than 38,000, in 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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The downtown core is seen from the air in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, July 11, 2013. Alberta's biggest city just keeps getting bigger.The latest municipal census shows Calgary's population went up by 3.3 per cent, or more than 38,000, in 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY - Alberta's biggest city just keeps getting bigger.

The latest municipal census shows Calgary's population went up by 3.3 per cent, or more than 38,000, in 2013.

It's the largest ever yearly increase for a city which now sits just shy of the 1.2 million mark.

The census shows 28,000 more people moved to Calgary than left, while the birth rate was higher than the death rate by nearly 10,500.

Even bedroom communities around the city are growing by leaps and bounds, including Chestermere, which saw its population swell by nine per cent to more than 17,000 last year.

Separate analysis shows Calgary's vacancy rate is two per cent and that the car is still king, with nearly 70 per cent of commuters driving to and from work. (CHQR)

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