Alberta’s industrial heartland has sustained a remarkably low unemployment rate and a generous household income of $103,762, and it’s still experiencing a surge of industrial growth. Construction on the $8.5-billion North West Redwater Partnership, an upgrader and diesel refinery, is underway, and has 3,800 people working onsite. That number is expected to swell to 5,000 jobs by the end of this year.

By the Numbers

Population: 19,578
Population growth rate (2011-2015): 2%
Residential tax rate (mills): 3.7
Non-residential tax rate (mills): 10.5
Median home price: $675,000