IN first build-up craze before 1930, Red Deer only had a population of 1,500 or so. By the time the second world-wide build-up craze hit the 70's, Red Deer built it's hospital. We're in the new craze and Red Deer is dreaming big.
Red Deer has the same demographic age wise as Edmonton. Most industry there is fueled by agriculture and by the oil refineries at Joffre. There is also a burgeoning industrial expansion there as many fabrication shops have opened there.
Edit - I should also mention the water issues at Red Deer. The Red Deer River is about as large as Calgary's Bow River, however Red Deer does not have any reservoirs made out of old quarries nearby. Calgary is already feeling the pinch so industrial expansion has been limited and has been moving north towards Edmonton. That is one of the large reasons Calgary has focused so much on building highrises is to the fact that highrises consume less water than industrial sites. North Saskatchewan sees about 10 times more water than the Bow or Red Deer Rivers, while Edmonton also has Sturgeon River and a few lakes to take advantage of.
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