Towns and Villages within Wheatland County are self-governed. Contact their respective offices for assistance.
Wheatland County has a population of 8,788 residents. The County is bordered on the west by the Rocky View County, the south by Vulcan County and Siksika Nation, the east by the County of Newell and Special Areas 2, and on the north by Kneehill County and the Town of Drumheller. The prairie’s natural beauty fills the eye in all parts of Wheatland County. From the golden fields near Standard to the badlands of the northeast, to the tranquility of the Bow River near Carseland. Wheatland County is an ideal blend of rural and urban lifestyles, we are next door to the City of Calgary, the fastest growing city in the most vibrant province of Canada.
Our proud heritage of independence and hard work shows in our farms and ranches – and our pride in the past is still evident in community rodeos and fairs each summer and fall. Our work ethic and dedicated stewardship of the land, once primarily agricultural, is now our strength as we look forward to the future. Continuing growth and development in agribusiness, oil and gas, and manufacturing will add a vibrant entrepreneurial outlook.
Population and Demographics
The population of Wheatland County is over 8,700, with the population concentrated in the communities of Carseland, Gleichen, Speargrass, and Lyalta. The future population growth will be clustered in the above named communities, based on the capacity available for water treatment, wastewater infrastructure, and land use planning.
The majority of households are couples with or without children, accounting for 75% of the population in the County . Approximately 38% of households in Wheatland County have children living in the home, which is higher than the national average. In Wheatland County, 88% of the population live in single family houses and nearly 10% live in mobile homes. Housing options are limited within the County, and the addition of more rental or multi-family housing options would help attract more residents in to the area.
Wheatland County Statistics
2016 – Statistics Canada Community Profile of Wheatland County
Population – Approximately 8788 People
Land area (square km) – 4,545.92 km2
Median age of the population – 41.2 years
Average size of census families – 2.9 persons
Wheatland County Agricultural Statistics
2011 – Statistics Canada Farm & Farm Operator Data of Wheatland County1
Total number of farms – 782 (810 in 2016)
Land in crops – 311,265Ha/ 769,153Ac
Total area farmed – 453,840ha /1,121,462Ac
Total cattle and calves – 162,218