|Town of Magrath|
|Municipal district||Cardston County|
|• Village||August 20, 1901|
|• Town||July 24, 1907|
|Named for||Charles Alexander Magrath|
|• Mayor||Byrne Cook|
|• Governing body||Magrath Town Council|
|• CAO||James Suffredine|
|• MP||Glen Motz|
|• MLA||Joseph Schow|
|• Land||5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||983 m (3,225 ft)|
|• Density||422/km2 (1,090/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6 (MDT)|
|Postal code span|
Magrath is a town in Cardston County, Alberta, Canada. Its population was 2,374 in 2016. Magrath is 32 km (20 mi) south of Lethbridge and 242 km (150 mi) south of Calgary.
Magrath was established in 1899 by settlers sent by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from Utah and Idaho. These Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints settlers were recruited by the Alberta Railway and Irrigation Company to construct irrigation works in the area funded by British interests by the family of Sir Alexander Galt. The settlers were paid in cash and land in the town. This was the first major irrigation work in Canada and was made possible by the settlers' experience with the extensive irrigation projects undertaken by their church in Utah and Idaho.
The irrigation system was completed in November 1899 and spanned ninety-miles. It was the first large-scale irrigation system in Canada. The area's irrigation canal system supplies water to farmers throughout Southern Alberta and was the first major irrigation project in Canada. In its early years Magrath was known as The Irrigation Capital of Canada, and later as "The Garden City" for its beautiful natural setting and plentiful trees. The design and layout of Magrath was based on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 'Plat of Zion' urban design model. Magrath also has historical links to the internationally recognized British Garden City tradition which was piloted in England during this same period.
Magrath was named after Charles Alexander Magrath, the son-in-law of Sir Alexander Galt. Magrath post office was established 1 March 1900, with Ammon Mercer as first postmaster.
In the 2021 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath had a population of 2,481 living in 803 of its 830 total private dwellings, a change of 4.5% from its 2016 population of 2,374. With a land area of 5.88 km2 (2.27 sq mi), it had a population density of 421.9/km2 (1,092.8/sq mi) in 2021.
The population of the Town of Magrath according to its 2017 municipal census is 2,435, a change of 1.5% from its 2015 municipal census population of 2,398.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, the Town of Magrath recorded a population of 2,374 living in 757 of its 794 total private dwellings, a 7.1% change from its 2011 population of 2,217. With a land area of 5.99 km2 (2.31 sq mi), it had a population density of 396.3/km2 (1,026.5/sq mi) in 2016.
The following is a breakdown of Magrath's population by religious affiliation from the 2001 federal census.
Statistics Canada includes 44 churches in its 2001 Protestant definition, including the Mormon denominations of the LDS Church and the Community of Christ.
The religious affiliation within Magrath is primarily from the LDS Church. There is a stake based in Magrath, which is composed of ten congregations (eight wards and two branches) in the town and surrounding area. As of June 2016, the total membership in the Magrath Alberta Stake was reported as 2433 members.