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Medicine Hat and Area Facts
City Population: 60,426
The City of Medicine Hat is the major urban centre in southeast Alberta, and is the southeast entrance to Alberta’s industrial corridor. It is 293 km southeast of Calgary, 1,347 km east of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 467 km west of Regina, Saskatchewan. As for U.S. locations, Medicine Hat is 160 km from the Wildhorse border crossing and 1,289 from Seattle.
Major Economic Sectors:
Natural resources in the Medicine Hat area include clay deposits, natural gas, coal, oil and construction aggregates such as sand and gravel.
Agriculture is a primary contributor to the economy of the Medicine Hat area. With the longest growing season in Canada [120+days] and the highest number of growing degree days, the area produces a variety of crops which provide feed for the livestock industry and raw materials for food processing industries. Much of the area is irrigated although traditional dryland farming is still predominant. Wheat constitutes a major portion of both dryland and irrigated crops. Other crops include canola, flax, barley and oats. Specialty crops include corn, carrots, safflower, sunflowers and beans. In addition, the Medicine Hat – Redcliff area is known as the ‘Greenhouse Centre of Western Canada’, with more acres under glass than any other area [80 acres in 2004]. The cattle industry is also a major component of the agricultural sector around Medicine Hat. Finally, food processing is one of the most important economic development opportunities in southern Alberta.
Manufacturing is one of the strongest sectors of the Medicine Hat economy, producing a variety of industrial and consumer goods for domestic and export markets including tires for automobiles and heavy equipment, anhydrous ammonia and granulated urea for fertilizers, clay brick and refractories, thermal carbon black, catalyst compounds for gasoline production, solid waste handling equipment and tanks, compressors, pressure vessels, furniture, playground equipment, flour, cereals and feeds, business forms and commercial printing.
Interesting Medicine Hat Facts
Medicine Hat Utilities
The City of Medicine Hat Electric Utility has been supplying the electrical power needs of the city since 1904. The Medicine Hat power plant, electrical transmission and distribution systems are owned and operated by the City. Rates for electrical energy are set by Utility’s service area includes Redcliff, Dunmore and some surrounding rural areas. The City’s Power Plant was the first utility-owned, combined cycle co-generation plant in Canada.
The City of Medicine Hat Gas Utility has been supplying the community with natural gas since 1901. The City operates a fully integrated production and distribution system. The department operates gas wells in fields within Southeastern Alberta and in Southwestern Saskatchewan.
Medicine Hat Population (2008)
AGE / TOTAL / PERCENTAGE
00 - 14 Years / 10,690 / 17%
TOTAL / 60,426 / 100%
Located in the Southeast corner of Alberta, the sunny city of Medicine Hat surrounds the beautiful South Saskatchewan River. The 2008 Municipal Census reported that the city’s population was 3,378 greater than in 2005. This marks the first year the population was over 60,000 which is a 7.8% increase over the 3 year period. The age distribution of the population has stayed relatively stable between 2005 and 2008. In 2005, 24% of Medicine Hat’s population was under the age of 20, this decreased 1% in 2008. Both the average age of females and males increased slightly, females from 39.6 in 2005 to 39.7 in 2008 and males from 37.3 years of age in 2005 to 36.6 years of age in 2008.
2008 Census Overview - Age Categories (Male/Female)
AGE / MALE / FEMALE
00 - 14 Years / 5,399 / 5,291
TOTAL / 29,869 / 30,557
2008 Census Overview - Age Categories
Females - 51%
Females - 51%
The 2006 Canadian Census reported that 7.6% of the population was foreign born and in 2001 and 2006 Statistics Canada reported the same 3.0% visible minority population.
The 2008 Municipal Census reported that the number of households that had Internet equaled 63%, up from 48% in 2005.
Medicine Hat is home to accomplished athletes and musicians, top business leaders and citizens that develop our community into a diverse, caring, thriving, health environment.
Medicine Hat recently hosted many sporting events including the 2008 Alberta Summer Games, Canada Cup Baseball 2008, Curling Continental Cup 2007.
Retail Sales Vs Population
Population / 2001 / 2006 / Percentage Change
Medicine Hat Population / 51,249 / 56,996 / 11.2%
Cost of Living:
In 2007 the Alberta Government published the 2007 Alberta Spatial Price Survey which compares the cost of living in Alberta’s cities. The value of the index was generally established at 100. An index with a value greater than 100 indicates prices higher than the base price.
For all commodities Medicine Hat received a rate of 93.3 in 2007 which is down from the 2005 rate of 97.7. Medicine Hat scored 100.7 when considering food indices in 2007. The increase appears to come from Frozen and packaged food and Restaurant Meals. Personal Care Products increased from 95.9 in 2005 to 100.8 in 2007. The cost of clothing saw the largest decrease of 7.6 from 100 to 92.4.