2012 Best Communities for Business in Western Canada

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Below you'll find the complete, alphabetically ordered list of respondents to our 2012 Best Communities for Business survey. Highlighted in bold type are the best overall community and 24 runners-up that offered the optimal balance between low costs and high traffic, existing strengths and upside potential. Click on a name for a community's in-depth profile.

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Community name Population Pop. growth, 2001–10 (%) Household income ($) Cost of serviced industrial land ($/acre) Largest
Employer
Calgary1,090,93620.579,084600,000Alberta Health Services
Canmore12,31713.669,0201,100,000Rocky Mountain Soap Company
Cochrane17,58046.083,0031,000,000Spray Lakes Sawmills
Cold Lake13,92415.084,00026,000Government of Canada
Edmonton812,20119.098,857469,184Alberta Health Services
Estevan12,97826.762,630175,000SaskPower
Grande Cache4,31914.279,000295,000Grande Cache Coal Corporation
High River12,93027.041,078350,000Cargill Meats
Kamloops87,1107.365,512200,000n/a
Kelowna91,87716.650,308600,000Interior Health Authority
Leduc / Nisku Region 59,00043.088,324450,000Edmonton International Airport
Lethbridge105,99921.052,122155,000Alberta Health Services
Mission37,57412.265,923400,000Mission Hospital
Nanaimo83,81015.046,460600,000School district #68
North Battleford13,8881.440,268150,000Living Sky School Division
Parkland County30,56812.081,904295,000Parkland School Division
Penticton32,8776.043,709550,000Penticton Regional Hospital
Prince George75,8282.472,698158,800Northern Health Authority
Provost2,0410.270,91544,900n/a
Red Deer91,87730.0105,667350,000Olymel
Regina210,5569.283,550300,000Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
Rocky View County36,46118.8140,000400,000CrossIron Mills
Saskatoon234,20012.979,100350,000Saskatoon Health Region
Strathmore12,30567.060,830180,000 Golden Hills School Division
Wood Buffalo116,82198.6189,4581,200,000Syncrude Canada

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