Edmonton is the provincial capital city for Alberta, Canada’s fourth-most highly populated province trailing Ontario, Québec and British Columbia.
Guinness World Records points to Edmonton as being home to the world’s biggest shopping and entertainment centre, the West Edmonton Mall. In addition, the mall is the site of the planet’s largest parking lot with a maximum capacity of 20,000 vehicles plus 10,000 more on an adjoining overflow lot.
Another of Edmonton’s world records pertains to the crude oil pipeline that flows from Alberta’s capital city through Chicago to Montreal, a total distance of 2,353 miles (3,787.2 kilometers) maintaining a daily flow equal to 1.6 million barrels of oil.
Edmonton serves as headquarters for 15 of Canada’s 250 largest corporations by revenue. Examples of these large businesses include PCL Construction Holdings Ltd, vehicle dealership AutoCanada Inc, utility Capital Power Corp and the Canadian Western Bank.
Alberta shipped C$79.1 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Albertan exports are crude oil, natural gas, liquefied propane, sulfur, coal and cement according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Edmonton’s unemployment rate was 9.2% as of April 2017 down from 8.7% in effect 12 months earlier.
Capital Facts for Edmonton, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Commonwealth Stadium, Federal Building, Fort Edmonton Park, Rogers Park, St. Joseph’s Basilica and West Edmonton Mall
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Edmonton, Canada
- Michael J. Fox, actor & Parkinson’s disease cure champion (born Jun. 9, 1961)
- KD Lang, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter (born Nov. 2, 1961)
- Mark Messier, professional NHL hockey player (born Jan. 18, 1961)
- Ruth B, pop singer (born Jul. 2, 1995)
- Rae Dawn Chong, actress (born Feb. 28, 1961)
- Stephanie Labbé, soccer/football goalkeeper (born Oct. 10, 1986)
- Jarome Iginla, professional NHL hockey player (born Jul. 1, 1977)
- Graham Smith, Olympic swimming silver medalist (born May 9, 1958)
- Marilyn Denis, TV show host (born Jul. 1, 1958)
- Debbie Sonnenberg, Olympic softball pitcher (born Jan. 4, 1971)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Edmonton resident: Edmontonian
Population: 932,546 (Edmonton city limits)
Density: 3,525 people per square mile (1,361 per square kilometer)
Population: 1.3 million (Edmonton Capital Area)
Density: 363 people per square mile (140 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$88.2 billion as of March 2015 (Edmonton)
GDP per person: $62,832
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Edmonton: Canadian dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 15, 2017
Fortune, Global 500 2016. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest car park. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Guinness World Records, Longest pipelines oil. Accessed on May 15, 2017
National Post, The FP500. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Edmonton official website. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics, unadjusted, by census metropolitan area. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Alberta. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Edmonton. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Edmonton Capital Area. Accessed on May 15, 2017
Within city limits, Edmonton occupies 264.6 square miles (685.3 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 932,546 people in 2016.
The Edmonton Capital Area has a land area of 3,644.4 square miles (9,438.9 square kilometers) with a capital area population of 1.3 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Edmonton’s population density is 3,525 residents per square mile (1,361 per square kilometer).
Unsurprisingly, population density is lesser within the much larger Greater Edmonton Area with an average 363 inhabitants per square mile (140 per square kilometer).
Edmontonians celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.