Lethbridge County
Official seal of Lethbridge County
Location within Alberta
Location within Alberta
CountryCanada
ProvinceAlberta
RegionSouthern Alberta
Census division2
IncorporatedJanuary 1, 1954[1]
Name changesJanuary 1, 1964[1]
September 6, 2000[1]
December 4, 2013[2]
Government
 • ReeveLorne Hickey
 • Governing body
Lethbridge County Council
  • Ken Benson
  • Steve Campbell
  • Robert Horvath
  • Lorne Hickey
  • Klaas Vanderveen
  • Tory Campbell
  • Morris Zeinstra
 • CAOAnn Mitchell
 • Administrative officeLethbridge
Area
 (2021)[4]
 • Land2,815.66 km2 (1,087.13 sq mi)
Population
 (2021)[4]
 • Total10,120
 • Density3.6/km2 (9/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC−7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−6 (MDT)
Websitelethcounty.ca

Lethbridge County is a municipal district in southern Alberta, Canada. It is in Census Division No. 2 and part of the Lethbridge census agglomeration. It was known as the County of Lethbridge prior to December 4, 2013.[2] Its name was changed in time for 2014 to coincide with its 50th anniversary.[5]

History

Lethbridge County encompasses an area that was originally under the jurisdiction of six municipalities. It was originally formed as the Municipal District of Lethbridge No. 25 on January 1, 1954 by amalgamating the municipal districts of Bright No. 16 and Barons No. 25 and portions of Special Area No. 4, the County of Vulcan No. 2 and the municipal districts of Warner No. 4 and Sugar City No. 5.[1] Ten years later, on January 1, 1964, the Municipal District of Lethbridge No. 25 joined with Lethbridge School Division No. 7 to become the County of Lethbridge No. 26.[1] It subsequently changed its name to the County of Lethbridge on September 6, 2000 and then again to Lethbridge County on December 4, 2013.[1][2]

Geography

Communities and localities

The following localities are located within Lethbridge County.[8]

Localities

Demographics

In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Lethbridge County had a population of 10,120 living in 2,890 of its 3,136 total private dwellings, a change of -1.1% from its 2016 population of 10,237. With a land area of 2,815.66 km2 (1,087.13 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.6/km2 (9.3/sq mi) in 2021.[4]

In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Lethbridge County had a population of 10,353 living in 2,968 of its 3,129 total private dwellings, a 3.1% change from its 2011 population of 10,046. With a land area of 2,836.64 km2 (1,095.23 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.6/km2 (9.5/sq mi) in 2016.[10]

Economy

The economy of the county is primarily agricultural, including the well known "Feedlot Alley", a 500 km2 area of intensive livestock operations.

Government

The county is governed by a council of seven councillors, elected every four years, from seven electoral divisions. The last election was in October 2013. The council chooses a reeve to be their head. It meets in offices located in Lethbridge.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Location and History Profile: County of Lethbridge". Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "O.C. 393/2013". Government of Alberta. December 4, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
  3. ^ "Municipal Officials Search". Alberta Municipal Affairs. May 9, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Population and dwelling counts: Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities)". Statistics Canada. February 9, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  5. ^ "County Council Adopts New Logo and Approves Changing Name" (PDF). County of Lethbridge. September 27, 2013. Retrieved September 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Lethbridge, City (Census Subdivision), Alberta". Statistics Canada. June 20, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Specialized and Rural Municipalities and Their Communities" (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. January 12, 2022. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  8. ^ "Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006, Economic Regions: 4802011 - Lethbridge County, geographical codes and localities, 2006". Statistics Canada. March 5, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Wilson Siding". County of Lethbridge. Archived from the original on May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 24, 2012.
  10. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2017.