LETHBRIDGE - The 100,000 mark hasn't been reached yet, but the population of the city continues to flirt with the number.
Latest census figures show the city has inched up by 1,370 people to 98,198, for a 1.41 per cent increase over 2016.
Mayor Chris Spearman has consistently noted that a slow but steady rate of growth offers opportunity for thoughtful planning.
"This stable growth allows the City of Lethbridge to plan effectively for the future of our community."
The yearly census allows communities to take advantage of federal and provincial per-capita grants, which support construction of facilities such as ATB Centre-Phase 2. It also helps City Planners more accurately determine services for each of the areas.
The population trend from recent years continues, as West Lethbridge continues to register the strongest growth, adding 1,156 of the total new residents to the city.
Detailed Census Information will be available on the city's website after Monday, June 19, 2017.
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