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Red Deer County
Highway 11 passing through ranch land and aspen parkland in Red Deer County
Highway 11 passing through ranch land and aspen parkland in Red Deer County
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
Country Canada
Province Alberta
Region Central Alberta
Census division 8
Established 1944
Incorporated 1963
Area
 (2021)
 • Land 3,919.25 km2 (1,513.23 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)
 • Total 19,933
 • Density 5.1/km2 (13/sq mi)
Time zone UTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−6 (MDT)
Forward sortation area
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Red Deer County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada within Census Division No. 8 and surrounding the City of Red Deer. The neighbouring municipalities of Red Deer County are Clearwater County to the west, Lacombe County to the north, the County of Stettler No. 6 to the east, Kneehill County to the southeast and Mountain View County to the south. It is located approximately midway between Edmonton and Calgary, bisected by the Queen Elizabeth II Highway and bounded on the north and east by the Red Deer River.

Agriculture

Highway11-Red Deer County
Highway 11 passing through ranch land and aspen parkland in the west of the county

Red Deer County is largely an agricultural area, and much of the rural land is actively used for growing crops, feeding livestock and providing lumber and mineral resources. The County has initiated several projects to ensure that agriculture and the environment are represented as it continues to grow.

An Agricultural Profile has been created to detail the County's existing agriculture, land and water resources. The County was divided into 19 distinct geographic areas calleld County Neighbourhoods. These delineations distinguish variations in drainage, soil type, water resources, and primary production. County Neighbourhoods have specific characteristics that will assist future growth and development plans.

Livestock and crop production are an important part of the economy. The County has dairies that make cheese, U-pick vegetable and fruit farms and the largest organic farm in Alberta. Amenities for trout fishing exist at a U-fish pod. The County also has elk, deer, and apiary farms as well as a mouse farm, which raises white mice for the pet food industry.

Development

Construction of residences and most buildings in Red Deer County require County-issued development permits, to assure that proposed project are in conformance with applicable County bylaws and statutory plans and is consistent with requirements regulating property divisions and uses such as setbacks, minimum frontage, potable water supply and sewage disposal systems.

As well, permits are often required from other agencies such as Alberta Transportation or Alberta Environment. Although the County has no jurisdiction in these areas, it can assist applicants through the process.

Demographics

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In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Red Deer County recorded a population of 19,541 living in 7,097 of its 8,440 total private dwellings, a 6.7% change from its 2011 population of 18,316. With a land area of 3,961.85 km2 (1,529.68 sq mi), it had a population density of 4.9/km2 (13/sq mi) in 2016.

Communities and localities

Economy

Agriculture plays a role in Red Deer County's economy including livestock and crop production. Red Deer County has dairies that make cheese, U-pick vegetable and fruit farms, and the largest organic farm in Alberta. It also has elk, deer, and apiary farms as well as a mouse farm, which raises white mice for the pet food industry. Lumber and mineral resources are also present in Red Deer County.

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