An annual population survey indicates that Estevan's population growth is continuing.
The annual covered health card report from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health was recently released. It tabulates the number of people in urban and rural municipalities who hold Saskatchewan Health cards.
Their numbers indicate that there were 13,115 people in Estevan as of June 30.
The breakdown shows that there were 6,699 men and 6,416 women in the community. The largest demographic for men was the 25 to 29 age bracket at 624 people. There were two age groups with 530 women: 25 to 29, and 30 to 35.
Estevan's population in the 2012 health card count was 12,444, so Estevan's population increase was nearly 700 people.
The 2011 Census reported that there were 11,054 people in Estevan – a number that has been widely disputed since it was released in February of 2012.
The health card count also shows that there are 588 people currently residing in the RM of Estevan. The 2011 Census pegged the RM's population at 1,139. Saskatchewan Health's recorded numbers for most RMs in the region were well below the figures from the 2011 Census.
The numbers for some of the other southeast urban municipalities are: Alameda is home to 505 people; Alida, 291; Arcola, 702; Bienfait, 1,082; Carievale, 411, Carlyle, 2,010; Carnduff, 1,369; Frobisher, 215; Gainsborough, 350; Glen Ewen, 227; Kisbey, 188; Lampman, 931; Macoun, 387; Manor, 435; Midale, 858; North Portal, 170; Oxbow, 1,688; Redvers, 1,415; Stoughton, 786; Storthoaks, 177; Torquay, 349; and Tribune, 55.
Most southeast urban municipalities enjoyed a population increase from last year. Oxbow reported a jump of 72 people from 1,610 in 2012; Redvers had an increase of 54 from 1,361; and Carlyle had a bump of 124 from 1,886.
Midale (826 people in 2012) and Torquay (321) had significant percentage increases from 2012.
Overall, there were 58,644 people in the Sun Country Health Region, compared with 56,890 last year, an increase of nearly 2,000 people.