Edmonton is the capital city of the Province of Alberta.
In the 2016 municipal census, Edmonton had a population of 899,447. It is Alberta's second-largest city and Canada's fifth-largest municipality. This population represents 66 percent of the total 2015 population of 1,363,300 within the Edmonton census metropolitan area (CMA), and Canada's fifth-largest CMA by population.
Edmonton is the most northern North American city with a metropolitan population over one million.
Edmonton's historic growth has been facilitated through the absorption of five adjacent urban municipalities (Strathcona, North Edmonton, West Edmonton, Beverly and Jasper Place) and a series of annexations ending in 1982.
Known as the "Gateway to the North", the city is a staging point for large-scale oil sands projects occurring in northern Alberta and large-scale diamond mining operations in the Northwest Territories. Edmonton serves as the northern anchor of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor.
Edmonton is a cultural, governmental and educational centre. It hosts a year-round slate of festivals, reflected in the nickname "Canada's Festival City". It is home to West Edmonton Mall - once the world's largest mall (from 1981 until 2004). It is also home to Fort Edmonton Park, Canada's largest living history museum.