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Rocky View County
Municipal District of Rocky View No. 44 (1956–2009)
Municipal District of Calgary No. 44 (1955–1956)
Municipal district
View of the Rockies and Foothills
View of the Rockies and Foothills
Flag of Rocky View County
Flag
Official seal of Rocky View County
Seal
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division No. 6
Incorporated January 1, 1955
Name changed January 9, 1956
June 24, 2009
Area (2016)
 • Land 3,836.33 km2 (1,481.22 sq mi)
Population (2016)
 • Total 39,407
 • Density 10.3/km2 (27/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC−7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC−6)

Rocky View County is a municipal district in southern Alberta, Canada that is named for its views of the nearby Rocky Mountains to the west. It surrounds most of Calgary, forming the city's northern boundary and most of the city's western and eastern boundaries. At a population of 38,055 in 2013, Rocky View County is the most populous municipal district in Alberta. Though predominantly rural in nature, Rocky View County is home to 14 hamlets, including Langdon, one of Alberta's most populous hamlets. Its rural areas are home to numerous country residential subdivisions.

History

The Municipal District (MD) of Calgary No. 44 was originally formed on January 1, 1955 from part of Improvement District No. 46 and parts of five municipal districts – the MD of Serviceberry No. 43, the MD of Conrich No. 44, the MD of Springbank No. 45, the MD of Kneehill No. 48, and the MD of Mountain View No. 49. The MD of Calgary No. 44 was renamed the MD of Rocky View No. 44 on January 9, 1956.

"Rocky View" was the successful entry selected in December 1955 in a local competition to rename the newly formed municipal district. The entry was submitted by Leslie Burwash of Balzac. "Bow View" and "Chinook" placed second and third respectively in the competition. The name "Rocky View" was successful due to its descriptive nature as most areas within the MD of Rocky View No. 44 have views of the Rocky Mountains to the west.

The MD of Rocky View No. 44 had its name changed to the Rocky View County on June 24, 2009.

Geography

Rocky View County is located within the Calgary Region and forms part of the Calgary census metropolitan area. Being located along Highway 2, it is also located within the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.

Communities and localities

The following localities are located within Rocky View County.

Localities
  • Allandale Estates
  • Anatapy
  • Artists View East Subdivision
  • Artists View Park West (designated place) or Artists View West Subdivision
  • Banded Peak Place
  • Bearspan Heights
  • Bearspaw
  • Bennett
  • Braemore Ranch
  • Caldbeck
  • Calling Horse Estates
  • Camp Gardner
  • Circle Five
  • Colpitts Ranch Subdivision
  • Country Estates
  • Craigdhu
Other places

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Rocky View County recorded a population of 39,407 living in 13,042 of its 13,620 total private dwellings, a 10.2% change from its 2011 population of 35,754. With a land area of 3,836.33 km2 (1,481.22 sq mi), it had a population density of 10.3/km2 (27/sq mi) in 2016.

Rocky View County's 2013 municipal census counted a population of 38,055, a 6.4% increase over its adjusted 2011 federal census population of 35,754. Its previous 2006 municipal census counted a population of 34,597.

In the 2011 Census, Rocky View County had a population of 36,461 living in 12,077 of its 12,810 total dwellings, a 9.9% change from its 2006 adjusted population of 33,173. With a land area of 3,885.41 km2 (1,500.17 sq mi), it had a population density of 9.4/km2 (24/sq mi) in 2011. Following Airdrie’s 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Rocky View County's 2011 population downward by 707 people to 35,754.

According to the 2006 federal census, Rocky View County had a population of 34,171 living in 11,604 dwellings, a 14.2% increase from 2001. It had a land area of 4,014.89 km2 (1,550.16 sq mi) and a population density of 8.5/km2 (22/sq mi).

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