Strathcona County

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Strathcona County
Specialized municipality
Welcome sign on Highway 14
Welcome sign on Highway 14
Official logo of Strathcona County
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Strathcona County is located in Alberta
Strathcona County
Location of Strathcona County in Alberta
Coordinates: 53°31′24″N 113°18′32″W / 53.52333°N 113.30889°W / 53.52333; -113.30889Coordinates: 53°31′24″N 113°18′32″W / 53.52333°N 113.30889°W / 53.52333; -113.30889
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Edmonton Region
Census division No. 11
 - Municipal district 1943
 - Specialized municipality January 1, 1996
Government[3]
 • Mayor Roxanne Carr
 • Governing body
 • Commissioner Rob Coon
 • Office location Sherwood Park
Area (2011)[4]
 • Total 1,180.56 km2 (455.82 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • Total 92,490
 • Density 78.3/km2 (203/sq mi)
 • Dwellings 29,293
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Website strathcona.ab.ca

Strathcona County is a specialized municipality in central Alberta, Canada between Edmonton and Elk Island National Park.

It is located in Division No. 11 and is also part of the Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area. More than half of the population lives in Sherwood Park, a large community east of Edmonton that has opted to retain hamlet status. Strathcona County was designated as a specialized municipality on January 1, 1996, in order to accommodate the specific needs of an area that includes both urban and rural territory.[5]

Governance[edit]

Unlike most Albertan municipal districts, where council appoints a reeve, Strathcona County elects a mayor. Roxanne Carr was elected in 2013.

Demographics[edit]

In the 2011 Census, Strathcona County had a population of 92,490 living in 33,129 of its 34,136 total dwellings, a 12.1% change from its 2006 population of 82,511. With a land area of 1,180.56 km2 (455.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 78.3/km2 (202.9/sq mi) in 2011.[4]

The population of Strathcona County according to its 2009 municipal census is 87,998.[6][7] In 2006, Strathcona County had a population of 82,511 living in 29,293 dwellings, a 14.6% increase from 2001. The specialized municipality has a land area of 1,179.43 km2 (455.38 sq mi) and a population density of 70.0 /km2 (181 /sq mi).[8]

According to the Canada 2001 Census,[9] Strathcona County had a population of 71,986 (increased to 80,232 in 2005[10]), a 12.2% increase from 1996. With a land area of 1,182.11 square kilometres (456.42 sq mi) and 24,528 dwellings, it had a population density was 60.9 persons per square kilometre in 2001.

History[edit]

First officially recognized in 1893 by the territorial legislature (it was then part of the North West Territories) as Statute Labour District #2, Strathcona County has changed immensely since its inception. In 1913 Statute Labour District #2 was renamed to Local Improvement District #517 (Clover Bar), which then, in 1943, merged with Local Improvement District #518 (Strathcona) to become Municipal District #83 (Strathcona). By joining with local school divisions in 1962, Municipal District #83 officially became a county. County status was subsequently revoked in 1995 when the County Act was repealed by the provincial legislature, but was quickly returned in 1996 when the County of Strathcona #20 officially changed its name to Strathcona County and received Specialized Municipality status.[5]

On March 29, 2007 the county announced plans to create an entirely new urban settlement from scratch to complement Sherwood Park. This development is supposed to be more dense and pedestrian friendly, and could hold up to 200,000 people. However, opponents have pointed out that the development will destroy land of high agricultural value, and the City of Edmonton opposes it as another example of urban sprawl in the region.[11]

Communities and localities[edit]

The following localities are located within Strathcona County.[14]

Localities

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Strathcona County (2010-04-27). "Local Government History". Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  2. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2010-09-17). "Municipal Profile – Strathcona County". Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  3. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. April 18, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ a b Municipality Profile - Alberta Municipal Affairs
  6. ^ Alberta Municipal Affairs (2009-09-15). "Alberta 2009 Official Population List". Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  7. ^ "2009 Municipal Census Report". Strathcona County. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  8. ^ Statistics Canada (Census 2006). "Strathcona County - Community Profile". Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  9. ^ Strathcona County Community Profile - Statistics Canada. 2002. 2001 Community Profiles. Released June 27, 2002. Last modified: 2005-11-30. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 93F0053XIE
  10. ^ Strathcona County 2005 Census Report
  11. ^ New city rising
  12. ^ "Fort Saskatchewan, City (Census Subdivision), Alberta". Statistics Canada. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  14. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4811052 - Strathcona County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 

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