Ponoka County

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Ponoka County
Municipal district
Ponoka County is located in Alberta
Ponoka County
Location of Ponoka County in Alberta
Coordinates: 52°40′32″N 113°34′49″W / 52.67556°N 113.58028°W / 52.67556; -113.58028Coordinates: 52°40′32″N 113°34′49″W / 52.67556°N 113.58028°W / 52.67556; -113.58028
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division No. 8
Established 1944
Incorporated 1952
 • Reeve Paul McLauchlin
 • Governing body
 • CAO Charlie Cutforth
 • Office location Ponoka
Area (2016)[2]
 • Land 2,814.26 km2 (1,086.59 sq mi)
Population (2016)[2]
 • Total 9,806
 • Density 3.5/km2 (9/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)
Website ponokacounty.com

Ponoka County is a municipal district in Alberta, Canada. It covers 721,396 acres (2,919 km2) and it claims to "embody the essence of rural Alberta".[3]


Pump jack near Ponoka

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Ponoka County recorded a population of 9,806 living in 3,535 of its 4,199 total private dwellings, a 10.7% change from its 2011 population of 8,856. With a land area of 2,814.26 km2 (1,086.59 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.5/km2 (9.0/sq mi) in 2016.[2]

In the 2011 Census, Ponoka County had a population of 8,856 living in 3,172 of its 3,669 total dwellings, a 2.5% change from its 2006 population of 8,640. With a land area of 2,807.94 km2 (1,084.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.2/km2 (8.2/sq mi) in 2011.[4] Following Ponoka’s 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Ponoka County's 2011 population downward by 5 people to 8,851.[5]


The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the county is Charlie Cutforth.[1] The five members of council, Nancy Hartford, Bryce Liddle, Mark Matejka, Paul McLauchlin, and Doug Weir, where elected October 21, 2013.[1] Councillor Paul McLauchlin, from electoral division 4, was selected the reeve in a 2013 organizational meeting.[6]


Ponoka County was founded on January 1, 1952.[7] The county's first public officials were Mr. Bruce Ramsey, who directed municipal affairs, Mr. Peter McDonald as secretary-treasurer, and Mr. L.G. Saunders was head of the school system. The town gets its name from the Blackfoot word for Elk.

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