the city of calgary

Calgary is a city with a metropolitan population of 1,214,839 (as of 2011) and economic activity centred on the petroleum, agriculture, and tourism industries. It is also the third-largest municipality and fifth-largest metropolitan area in Canada.

Calgary has one of the highest purchasing powers and lowest unemployment rates in Canada. With the second highest (average) annual growth in personal income per capita over the past 10 years (4.5% for 2001-2010). Calgary has consistently higher wages and salaries in comparison to other major urban centers for the past 14 years. This has lead to a large and continuously growing number of wealthy individuals who are seeking a fresh, stylish, and luxurious look to match their lifestyle.

A recent report by the ‘Conference Board of Canada’ revealed that consumer demand in Alberta will lead to a continuing growth and expansion of major metropolitan areas such as Calgary.

The ‘Conference Board of Canada’ is forecasting the following annual retail sales for Calgary:

$23.860 billion in 2012 (with an annual growth rate of 5.0%)

$25.432 billion in 2013 (with an annual growth rate of 6.6%)

$26.945 billion in 2014 (with an annual growth rate of 6.0%)

$28.495 billion in 2015 (with an annual growth rate of 5.8%)

$29.966 billion in 2016 (with an annual growth rate of 5.2%)

“Calgary boasts the country’s highest per capita retail spending and high levels of disposable income which make it a hot market for retail developments,”
– Barclay Street report

Calgary’s economy

Calgary has been for 50 years a Canadian leader in the oil and gas industry. Other key industries include financial services, transportation and logistics, film and creative industries, communications technologies, manufacturing, agri-business, health and wellness, and tourism. The city is expected to stay the strongest urban economy in Canada through 2013. The economy has grown faster than any other major city in the country. Calgary has had the highest average annual and second highest total GDP growth over the past 10 years. The city also has the most attractive personal and corporate tax structure in Canada.

Climate of Calgary

Calgary has a dry continental climate. Winters are long, cold and dry, summers are short but warm. However warm and dry Chinook winds often blow into the city from over the mountains during the winter months, giving Calgarians a break from the cold. These winds can raise the winter temperature by up to 15 °C (27 °F) in just a few hours, and may last several days. Christmas celebration is real with lots of snow and Christmas lights. Skiing and other winter sports are very popular between Calgarians and international tourists alike. Average temperature in Calgary ranges from a January daily average of −9 °C (16 °F) to a July daily average of 16 °C (61 °F).

Health Care and hospitals

Calgary has three major adult hospitals and one major pediatric site; the Foothills Medical Centre, which is the largest hospital in Alberta, the Peter Lougheed Centre, the Rockyview General Hospital, which is the largest hospital in the prairie provinces for sick kids. Calgary is also home to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, the leading cancer centre in Alberta.

Transportation in Calgary

Calgary has a very sophisticated public transportation system, Downtown is connected with other parts of the city with the city’s C-train (LRT) transit system as well as convenient bus routes. To connect many of the downtown office buildings, the city also has the world’s most extensive skyway network (elevated indoor pedestrian bridges), officially called the +15.

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