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Strathmore
Town
Town of Strathmore
Flag of Strathmore
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Motto: Where Quality of Life is a Way of Life
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Region Calgary Region
Census division 5
Municipal district Wheatland County
Founded 1883
Incorporated  
 • Village March 20, 1908
 • Town July 6, 1911
Area (2016)
 • Land 27.4 km2 (10.6 sq mi)
Elevation 973 m (3,192 ft)
Population (2016)
 • Total 13,756
 • Density 502/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
 • Municipal census (2015) 13,327
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Postal code span T1P
Area code(s) 403, 587
Highways Trans-Canada Highway
Highway 817
Waterways Eagle Lake

Strathmore is a town located along the Trans-Canada Highway in southern Alberta, Canada within Wheatland County. It is approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of the City of Calgary.

History

The town began as a hamlet for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) lines that were built in the area in 1883. The CPR named the town after one of its benefactors: Claude Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore. The Earl's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth – as consort to King George VI – later passed through the community on the "Royal Train" in late May 1939.

A track laying record was made between Strathmore and Cheadle when the railroad was built. In one hour one mile (1.6 km) of steel was laid and – at the end of the ten-hour working day – the rails were laid to Cheadle, 9 miles (14 km) for a record. Efforts by the Canadian government to develop western Canada led to increases in Strathmore's population and its importance as a rail supply stop.

In 1905 the CPR moved the Hamlet of Strathmore 4 miles (6.4 km) north to its current location. The first school opened in 1908.

The CPR railroad tracks are now gone, the land having been subdivided.

In 2011, the Town of Strathmore celebrated its centennial – and will release the book 100 Years of Memories: Celebrating Strathmore’s Centennial through Polished Publishing Group in early 2012.

Demographics

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Strathmore recorded a population of 13,756 living in 5,148 of its 5,358 total private dwellings, a change of 11.8% from its 2011 population of 12,305. With a land area of 27.4 km2 (10.6 sq mi), it had a population density of 502.0/km2 (1,300/sq mi) in 2016.

The Town of Strathmore's 2015 municipal census counted a population of 13,327, a change of 7.9% from its 2012 municipal census population of 12,352. At its current population, Strathmore is one of the largest towns in the province and is eligible for city status. According to Alberta's Municipal Government Act, a town is eligible for city status when it reaches 10,000 residents.

In the 2011 Census, the Town of Strathmore had a population of 12,305 living in 4,577 of its 4,930 total dwellings, a change of 19.7% from its 2006 adjusted population of 10,280. With a land area of 27.28 km2 (10.53 sq mi), it had a population density of 451.1/km2 (1,168/sq mi) in 2011.

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