|Town of Raymond|
|Nickname(s): Sugar City|
|Motto: Home of the First Stampede|
|Municipal district||County of Warner No. 5|
|• Mayor||George Bohne|
|• Governing body|
|• Total||6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi)|
|Elevation||960 m (3,150 ft)|
|• Density||546.1/km2 (1,414/sq mi)|
|Time zone||MST (UTC-7)|
|Postal code span||T0K 2S0|
|Waterways||Milk River Ridge Reservoir|
Raymond is a town in the County of Warner No. 5, Alberta, Canada. It is located in southern Alberta south of Lethbridge on Highway 52. Raymond is known for its annual rodeo and its large Mormon population. The sole high school in the town, Raymond High School, is known for its sports achievements in basketball, Canadian football, and women's rugby union.
Raymond was founded in 1901 by mining magnate and industrialist Jesse Knight. Knight named the town after his son Raymond. Knight's plans to build a sugar factory based on locally grown sugar beets attract 1,500 settlers in a few year.
In the 2011 Census, the Town of Raymond had a population of 3,743 living in 1,165 of its 1,235 total dwellings, a 16.1% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 3,225. With a land area of 6.85 km2 (2.64 sq mi), it had a population density of 546.4/km2 (1,415.2/sq mi) in 2011.
In 2006, the town had a population of 3,205 living in 1,085 dwellings, a 0.2% increase over its population of 3,200 in 2001. The town had a land area of 4.75 km2 (1.83 sq mi) and a population density of 674.1/km2 (1,746/sq mi).
A majority of Raymondites are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). In the town, there are three LDS Church meetinghouses and nine separate congregations, composing one stake. (The closest LDS Church temple, the Cardston Alberta Temple, is located 60 kilometres (37 mi) southwest in Cardston.) Raymond also has Baptist, Mennonite, and United Church of Canada congregations. Until its temple was relocated to Lethbridge in 2006, the Raymond Buddhist Church was the oldest continually used Buddhist sanctuary in Canada.
Statistics Canada has reported that Raymond ranks among the top five communities in Canada for the highest level of charitable donations per capita, which is partially due to the town population's high rate of tithes given to the LDS Church.
In 1902, one year after it was founded, Raymond held an outdoor rodeo and called it a stampede; this was Canada's first organized rodeo event. Since the inaugural event, the Raymond Stampede has been held on June 30 or July 1 every summer.
Raymond Heritage Days is held annually during the first week of July to celebrate the founding of Raymond. Events and activities include family softball, fireworks, midnight golfing, downtown games with bounce houses, a pancake breakfast, and a Canada Day parade, in addition to the Raymond Stampede.
Raymond is home to the Raymond Judo Club, the first Judo club in Alberta. The club was formed by Yoshio Katsuta in 1943.
The Raymond Aquatic Centre opened in 2010. It features two small waterslides, a junior Olympic-sized pool for lane swimming, diving boards, a climbing wall, a baby pool, and an eating area. The aquatic centre holds 1,000,000 litres of water during the summer and attracts up to 500 visitors a day.
The Raymond Community Centre contains the town hall, the Raymond Public Library, and the Broadway Theatre.
- Earl W. Bascom, rodeo innovator, international artist/sculptor, hall of fame inductee
- Ted E. Brewerton, general authority in the LDS Church
- Lloyd Fairbanks, professional football player
- Skouson Harker, professional basketball player
- Jim Hillyer, politician, Member of Parliament
- Raymond Knight, founder of the Raymond Stampede
- Brett Ralph, professional Canadian football player
- Brock Ralph, professional Canadian football player
- W. Cleon Skousen, author and political commentator
- Phil Tollestrup, Olympics basketball player and member of the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame
- William R. Walker, general authority in the LDS Church
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