October 19th, 2019

Lethbridge passes historic population mark of 100,000


By Nick Kuhl on June 24, 2019.

Herald photo by Ian Martens Mayor Chris Spearman looks at a display Monday at city hall as the City's census numbers were announced having broken through the 100,000 mark. @IMartensHerald
Tim Kalinowski
Lethbridge Herald
tkalinowski@lethbridgeherald.com
The City of Lethbridge can now boast six digits in its population figures, and can stake its claim to being the third largest city in
the province of Alberta.
City council broke out in spontaneous applause during Monday’s  council meeting after City Clerk Bonnie Hilford certified that the
2019 municipal census results showed that Lethbridge had comfortably cleared the 100K mark with an official total of 101,482 residents
counted.
The occasion called for some level of celebration as City staff  brought in big gold balloons and special cupcakes. Mayor Chris
Spearman and Couns. Rob Miyashiro, Jeff Carlson, Mark Campbell, Joe Mauro, Belinda Crowson, Ryan Parker, Blain Hyggen and Jeff Coffman also gathered for a group photo in the city hall foyer.
Mayor Chris Spearman reflected on what it means to be a city of 100,000 plus, and what residents of the past and future might think
about Lethbridge reaching this important milestone as a community.
“I am very lucky to be the mayor at this time,” Spearman said. “I  am very pleased that the city continues to grow. I think it speaks well of our city that we do continue to grow in an even way, and investment continues in the City of Lethbridge. It is no secret that we have some social issues to deal with, and we need to work with out provincial government and federal government to get assistance with many of the (drug treatment) facilities we have been asking for for 10 years. But at the same time, while we have those issues, we also have
wonderful neighbourhoods and wonderful opportunities for families.”
Spearman said the future of the city is bright as it continues to grow in a steady way, and it continues to be, as the City motto states:
“The Gateway to Opportunity.”
“We’re a successful city,” he stated. “We provide people with options. You can have a high quality of life living in the City of
Lethbridge. We have grown, and now we are moving on to become a bigger city.”
Another feather in Lethbridge’s cap with this most recent census number is with the official total of 101,482— it puts us slightly
ahead, for the moment anyway, the city of Red Deer’s total.
Red Deer also released its municipal census results on Monday, and, according to those results, now has an official population of 101,002, making Lethbridge Alberta’s third largest city behind Calgary and Edmonton.
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