Sitting just north of Calgary, Airdrie has the third-highest population growth rate in the province and offers residents low residential taxes and affordable housing. Last year, the city welcomed 51 new commercial and industrial businesses, and 300 home-based businesses, which also meant close to 400 new jobs. In addition, Airdrie boasts some major multi-million dollar development projects, including two new schools at an estimated total construction value of $21.5 million.

By the Numbers

Population: 58,690
Population growth rate (2011-2015): 35%
Residential tax rate (mills): 4
Non-residential tax rate (mills): 7.4
Median home price: $484,450