Lacombe Alberta Profile
Lacombe Alberta is a town in central Alberta, incorporated as a town in 1902 and as a City in 2010. It currently occupies 20.89 sq. km and has a population of 11,707, up 8.9% from 2006. The median age of the population is 37.1 years of age with 79.1% of the population over 15 years of age. Majority of population is English speaking.
The 2013 Citizen Satisfaction Survey indicated a high rate of satisfaction with quality of life, being rated by 96% of respondents as ‘excellent’, ‘very good’ or ‘good’ and 95% rated the quality of the environment similarly.
Survey respondents mentioned small-town feel and community friendliness as significant factors contributing to the overall quality of life. Many citizens mentioned historical or iconic buildings, green spaces and natural areas including parks, paths, and trails.
Downside observations echo concerns familiar to many small towns: lack of shopping and higher cost of living. The single-most important issue facing the City was identified as attracting businesses and commercial development.
Services are generally well regarded, while child care and land use and planning identified as areas of concern.
Lacombe provides the benefits of stable growth, small town friendliness and a variety of services.
The town offers many shopping and recreational amenities and is close to recreational lakes, golf courses, a corn maze, major industrial areas and the city of Red Deer. It is also on major transportation routes making it easy to get to the large cities and the Rocky Mountains.
Town Slogan: 'Blending Tradition with Technology'
11,707 (2011) Canada Census
11,733 (2009) Alberta's 17th city Sept. 5, 2010
10,742 (2006) Canada Census
9,384 (2001) Canada Census
18 km. north of Red Deer,
118 km south of Edmonton,
161 km north of Calgary
Transportation: Hwy. 2A, 12, close to Hwy. 2; CP Railway; airport
Primary industries include agriculture, agri-business, oil and gas, petrochemicals, education
Business, commercial and industrial areas include
Wes Jackson Industrial Park, Wolf Creek Industrial Park,
close to Prentiss and Joffre petrochemical plants
Major attractions, recreation and facilities include
Sports & Leisure Complex, Aquatics Centre, Blacksmith Shop
Museum, Interpretive Centre, Michener House Museum,
Mainstreet Program, Lacombe Research Centre,
close to Corn Maze
Education: Wolf Creek School Division,
Canadian University College,
History: originally called Barnett's Siding, village 1896,
town 1902, city 2010
Lacombe is part of the Red Deer Region in Central Alberta, which is strategically located in the center of the healthiest economy in North America. Its people value regional co-operation, the abundance of opportunity, commitment to community, green space, water courses, beautiful parks and cultural diversity.
The people of the region, in communities large and small, are energetic, friendly, innovative and community oriented. A wide range of housing choices, scenery, recreational facilities and career opportunities make the Red Deer Region the best place in Canada to live, work, visit and play. Diversity of culture, heritage, the arts, and its many festivals earned Red Deer the title of Cultural Center of Canada in 2003.
The region's central location, midway between Calgary and Edmonton, make it ideal for many facilities catering to trade shows, entertainment and sporting events, conventions and a wide range of other meetings.