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Population & Location
- Saskatoon has a population of 305,000 (census metropolitan area), making it the largest city in Saskatchewan. The metropolitan area spans 5,214.52 square kilometres. (Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census estimate for 2015)
- The city is centrally located within the province along the Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway 16. It is 780 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg, about 520 kilometres southeast of Edmonton, and just over 300 kilometres north of the United States border.
- Saskatoon is situated on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, which is linked by seven bridges within city limits.
- The altitude of Saskatoon is 481.5 metres above sea level.
- The City of Saskatoon maintains more than 1,000 hectares of parks and civic open space and 75 kilometres of cross-country ski trails.
- The Urban Forestry Program is responsible for the management of a tree inventory exceeding 100,000 trees. Saskatoon has nearly 200 parks and 870 hectares of parkland throughout the city, including 156 hectares of river valley parkland.
- The Saskatoon area has been inhabited for some 6,000 years. However, it was not until the summer of 1883 that the first settlers began to arrive. In 1903 the town charter was obtained. And on May 26, 1906 Saskatoon was incorporated as a city.
- The name Saskatoon is derived from "mis-sask-quah-toomina," a Cree word referring to the sweet, violet-coloured berry that grows in the area.
- According to the Conference Board of Canada, the Saskatoon region has one of the most diversified economies in Canada.
- Mining, energy, and agriculture dominate the economic landscape, creating demand for local metal goods and machinery for production, and providing the raw materials for the food processing sector.
- International cost competitiveness and expansion of local goods production is also creating opportunities for the transportation and distribution industry, as 85% of local manufacturers export globally.
- While these traditional sectors provide a solid base for growth in the region, advanced research and development facilities are helping create opportunities in new industries. Innovation is creating growth in manufacturing and life science sectors. (Source: Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority)