Leduc’s 2014 census report was released last week and it shows a 4.9 per increase in population, down slightly from the 6.9 per cent the previous year. However, it showed an increase in the number of people between 20 and 39 who are calling Leduc home as they make up 33 per cent of Leduc’s population. Children and teens account for 27.2 per cent of the city’s population.
City Clerk Sandra Davis said there are a number of reasons why Leduc is attracting and retaining young couples and families. “We have large city amenities but it still maintains a close community feel,” she said.
There is also a wide range of housing options, from older homes in established neighbourhoods with larger yards for growing families, to new homes with minimal landscape requirements for young working couples.
Being on the major highways also attracts people as it makes traveling to the city for work, shopping and entertainment viable.
Even with the convenience of commuting to the city, however, the increase in industrial growth in Leduc is making it possible for people to live where they work. According to the 2014 census, 41 per cent of people work in the City of Leduc while 25 per cent work within Nisku, Leduc County and the Edmonton International Airport. Another one per cent work in Devon, Calmar and Beaumont. Only 21 per cent of respondents work in Edmonton and a further 11 per cent work outside the Capital Region.
“Those job opportunities attract new people to our city,” said Davis. “And it attracts people to live where they work.”