Flanked on all sides by commercial and heavy industry, it’s not surprising that Fort Saskatchewan has weathered the recent economic storm with flair. The community is smack dab in the middle of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, which encompasses five municipalities surrounding Edmonton. Companies like Dow Chemical, Sherritt International and Shell Canada employ a significant portion of the local population. For community members, the town offers easy access to the North Saskatchewan River, affordable housing options and quick access to downtown Edmonton.

By the Numbers

Population: 24,040
Population growth rate (2011-2015): 28%
Residential tax rate (mills): 4.7
Non-residential tax rate (mills): 9.4
Median home price: $449,000