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County of Northern Lights
Municipal district
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Northern Alberta
Census division No. 17
Established 1995
Incorporated 1995
Area (2016)
 • Land 20,755.37 km2 (8,013.69 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 4,200
 • Density 0.2/km2 (0.5/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)

The County of Northern Lights is a municipal district in northwest Alberta, Canada. Located in Census Division 17, its municipal office is located in the Town of Manning.

The municipality recently changed its name from the Municipal District (M.D.) of Northern Lights No. 22 to the County of Northern Lights. The Province of Alberta officially approved the name change on February 3, 2010.

On April 1, 1995, the M.D. of Northern Lights No. 22 was formed through the incorporation of the former Improvement District No. 22 as a municipal district.

Demographics

As a census subdivision in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Northern Lights recorded a population of 4,200 living in 1,538 of its 1,846 total private dwellings, a 2% change from its 2011 population of 4,117. This includes the population of the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement (544), located within the census subdivision that is a municipality independent of the County of Northern Lights. With a land area of 20,755.37 km2 (8,013.69 sq mi), the census subdivision had a population density of 0.2/km2 (0.52/sq mi) in 2016. Excluding the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement, the County of Northern Lights had a population of 3,656 in 2016, a change of 2.8% from its 2011 population of 3,555.

As a census subdivision in the 2011 Census of Population, Northern Lights had a population of 4,117 living in 1,527 of its 1,655 total dwellings, a 9.1% change from its 2006 population of 3,772. This includes the population of the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement (562) located within the census subdivision that is a municipality independent of the County of Northern Lights. With a land area of 20,744.41 km2 (8,009.46 sq mi), the census subdivision had a population density of 0.2/km2 (0.52/sq mi) in 2011. As a municipality in the 2011 Census, the County of Northern Lights had a population of 3,555 without the Paddle Prairie Métis settlement.

Communities and localities

Attractions

  • Figure Eight Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  • Leddy Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  • Sulphur Lake Provincial Recreation Area
  • Notikewin Provincial Park
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