Devon, Alberta

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Devon
Town
Town of Devon
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Devon is located in Alberta
Devon
Devon
Location of Devon in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°21′48″N 113°43′56″W / 53.36333°N 113.73222°W / 53.36333; -113.73222Coordinates: 53°21′48″N 113°43′56″W / 53.36333°N 113.73222°W / 53.36333; -113.73222
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division 11
Municipal district Leduc County
Incorporated 1949 Village
  1950 Town
Government[1]
 • Mayor Stephen Lindop
 • Governing body Devon Town Council
 • MLA George Rogers
Area (2011)[2]
 • Total 11.72 km2 (4.53 sq mi)
Elevation [3] 709 m (2,326 ft)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 6,510
 • Density 555.6/km2 (1,439/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
Area code(s) 780
Highways Highway 60
  Highway 19
Waterways North Saskatchewan River
Website Official website

Devon is a town in the province of Alberta, Canada, situated 26 kilometres (16 mi) southwest of Edmonton, the provincial capital, and located along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River.

History[edit]

Devon owes its existence to one of the largest oil discoveries in the world. On 1947 February 13, the Imperial Leduc #1 well struck oil, and the new town of Devon was constructed shortly thereafter by Imperial Oil to accommodate its workers. The company was determined that the town would be well-planned, and Devon holds the distinction of being the first Canadian community to be approved by a regional planning commission.[citation needed] The oil industry remains a major player in the town's business sector, though the economy has diversified to include tourism, manufacturing, and research.

Devon is named after the Devonian formation (the strata tapped in the Leduc #1 oil well), which in turn is named for Devon county, England.

Demographics[edit]

The population of the Town of Devon according to its 2014 municipal census is 6,650, a 1.8% change from its 2009 municipal census population of 6,534.[4]

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Devon had a population of 6,510 living in 2,387 of its 2,471 total dwellings, a 4% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 6,261. With a land area of 11.72 km2 (4.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 555.5/km2 (1,438.6/sq mi) in 2011.[2]

In 2006, Devon had a population of 6,256 living in 2,342 dwellings, a 25.9% increase from 2001. The town at that time had a land area of 8.63 km2 (3.33 sq mi) and a population density of 725.2 /km2 (1,878 /sq mi).[5]

Economy[edit]

The Town of Devon is a member of the Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association, an economic development partnership that markets Alberta's International Region[6] in proximity to the Edmonton International Airport.[7]

Amenities[edit]

Devonian Garden north of Devon

Devon is amply served by schools, community services such as the Devon General Hospital, and recreational facilities. It is only ten minutes away from the Edmonton International Airport, and is close to major rail routes and highways. It is located close to a motor sports park, a bird sanctuary, a botanical garden (the Devonian Gardens), and a number of other attractions to residents and visitors. Devon and area is popular with cyclists, as it has a good network of paved country roads, as well as unpaved mountain bike trails, and has hosted high level cycling events such as Canada's 2010 National Road Championships.

Schools[edit]

  • Devon Christian School
  • Holy Spirit Catholic School
  • John Maland High School
  • Riverview Middle School
  • Robina Baker Elementary

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. August 10, 2014. Retrieved August 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Alberta Private Sewage Systems 2009 Standard of Practice Handbook: Appendix A.3 Alberta Design Data (A.3.A. Alberta Climate Design Data by Town)" (PDF). Safety Codes Council. January 2012. pp. 212–215 (PDF pages 226–229). Retrieved October 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2014 Municipal Census Final Report" (PDF). Town of Devon. p. 1. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Devon - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 
  7. ^ "Explore the Region". Leduc-Nisku Economic Development Association. Retrieved 2012-06-23. 

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