Edmonton was the second-fastest growing city in the country over the past five years. But the growth isn’t confined just to the city.

Four communities in the capital region were in the list of top 15 municipalities with the highest population growth in Canada.

Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc and Beaumont all saw significant growth. The four communities, all within a 30-minute commute of Edmonton, grew by between 4,000 and 7,800 people each in five years.

Beaumont joins the list of the top 5 fastest growing communities across Canada.

Beaumont saw a 31 per cent population growth. The town southeast of Edmonton went from 13,284 to 17,396 people. (Increase of 4,112.) Beaumont was one of the top five fastest-growing bedroom communities in Canada.

Big population growth leads to big home value appreciation (passive appreciation)

West of Edmonton, Spruce Grove grew 30 per cent, from a population of 26,171 to 34,066. (Increase of 7,895.)

To the northeast, Fort Saskatchewan saw growth of 27 per cent, as the population went from 19,051 to 24,149. (Increase of 5,098.)

Just south on the QEII, Leduc’s population increased 23 per cent, from 24,304 to 29,993. (Increase of 5,689.)

House prices set to increase 5.0% (projected) 2017-18 after already increasing 6.7% 2016-17.

Statistics Canada released the first batch of numbers from the 2016 census on Wednesday and the population of what the government agency refers to as the census metropolitan area of Edmonton increased by 13.9 per cent since the last census in 2011.

The area includes all the city’s outlying communities, stretching from Evansburg in the west, to past Sherwood Park in the east, and from Legal and Redwater in the north to northern edge of Pigeon Lake in the south.

When the 2016 census was taken last May 10, the population of the Edmonton region was 1.32 million, compared with 1.15 million from the 2011 census. The population of the actual city of Edmonton grew by over 120,000 people, from 812,201 to 932,546.

Growth primarily happened on the outer edges of the city by the Anthony Henday ring road, although there was also growth in downtown Edmonton and in the city’s north side Griesbach area, where a former military base was converted into a residential neighbourhood.

Originally posted on globalnews.ca by Karen Bartko on February 8, 2017.  Chart graphics obtained from zillow.com