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Demographics of Alberta Estonians

The following statistics are documented population totals in Alberta's Estonian communities in a given year. Much of the statistical data presented below is gleaned from "Estonians in Alberta" by Howard and Tamara Palmer in Peoples of Alberta: Portraits of Cultural Diversity.

Sylvan Lake

1899 - Kingseps settle near Sylvan Lake. There are four Estonians living in Medicine Valley.

1901 - The arrival of Kristjan Kingsep's family along with the Piht and Kask families bringing the total number of Estonians living in the area to 16.

1903 - Kingseps and other Estonian families moved to Medicine Valley.

1904 - 22 Estonian families living in Sylvan Lake (exact numbers are unavailable).

1920 - Nearly 200 Estonians living in Medicine Valley.

Stettler

1903 - Estonians settlers located land in Stettler area.

1905 - 60 Estonians living near Stettler.

Barons

1904 - Estonians from Crimea, via South Dakota, settled in the Barons area.

1908 - 26 families living near Barons (exact numbers are unavailable).

Alberta

1918 - Approximately 500 Estonians living in Alberta.

1918 - 1941 - Approximately 50 Estonians immigrated to Alberta.

Post Second World War

During the late 1940s and throughout much of the 1950s, approximately 400 Estonians immigrated to Alberta. Generally, they settled in either Calgary or Edmonton.

1951 - The Government of Canada Census states that there are 819 people of Estonian ethnic origin living in Alberta.

1961 - The Government of Canada Census states that there are 1,115 people of Estonian ethnic origin living in Alberta.

1996 - The Government of Canada Census states that there are 1,735 people of Estonian ethnic origin living in Alberta.

2006 - The Government of Canada Census states that there are 2,160 people of Estonian ethnic origin living in Alberta. Of the 2,160, 360 responded that both parents are of Estonian ethnicity. The remaining 1800 identified multiple ethnic origins, including Estonian, reflecting the assimilation of Alberta's Estonian population.

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