Central Alberta Life

CentralAlbertaLifeLiving Here

There’s a reason that people come to Central Alberta and build a home here. Simply put, there’s no better place to live, work, and play. Taxes are low, healthcare is free, and there is no provincial retail taxes at all!

Communities are welcoming and there’s plenty to do — be it exploring local arts and culture, setting out into our amazing natural areas and lakes, or taking in a rodeo. Chances are, once you move to Central Alberta, you’ll wonder why you lived anywhere else.

Everything but an ocean! Where else can you get almost every topography in one province? In Central Alberta, we have wide open prairies and bustling urban centres with intriguing badlands to the east and fresh mountain air to the west. And if you’re a fish or love fishing, you don’t have to go far to enjoy breathtaking rivers and freshwater lakes to your water fix.

The pleasures of Central Alberta life are not the only benefits, however. Read more about the resources to help you move here, the excellent employment opportunities, and our highly ranked educational system. Wherever you are in Central Alberta, you’ll be able to access high-quality healthcare. Check out Alberta Health Services and STARS for further information on health and emergency services.

In the end, we hope you agree: here is the best place to be.

Cost Of Living

In comparison to elsewhere in Alberta, Central Alberta residents enjoy a high quality of life and a low cost of living. Central Alberta communities consistently rank lower than Edmonton and Calgary on basic necessities like food, shelter, services, and non-food items.

The Alberta Spatial Price Survey is produced in order to meet the needs of individuals, businesses and other organizations looking for cost-of-living type information. The report measures and compares price levels for a basket of goods and services in 34 communities in Alberta, during two weeks in the Fall of 2010.

* Indicates Central Albertan municipality. Data drawn from 2010 Alberta Spatial Price Index, published by the Government of Alberta.

Incomes in Central Alberta are on the rise. Coupled with a low cost of living, it makes for a comfortable lifestyle. Alberta Learning and Information Services [ALIS] publishes an annual Wage and Salary Survey that reports on over 400 different occupations in the province, including wage and salary information for both part-time and full-time work. Information is searchable by geographic region, occupation, and industry group. ALIS also publishes analysis of these surveys, which shows, among other information, which occupations are in most in demand in Central Alberta.


One of Central Alberta’s most distinctive climactic features is the sunlight it receives. Each year, the sun shines for an average of 2,133 hours — almost 180 days of sunshine each year!

For more information about the province, check out Government of Canada’s interactive map. This map depicts weather conditions for all of Alberta, including forecasts, alerts, and historical data.