St. Albert, Alberta is located northwest of the City of Edmonton. Originally separated from Edmonton by several miles of farmland, the 1980's expansion of Edmonton's city limits placed St. Albert immediately adjacent to the larger city on St. Albert's south and east sides.
St. Albert was founded in 1861 as a Métis settlement by Father Albert Lacombe. St. Albert received its town status in 1904 and was reached by the Canadian Northern Railway in 1906. It is now the second-largest city in the Edmonton Capital Region.
According to a 2016 census, the population of the City of St. Albert was 64,645. St. Albert has an active and skilled labour force, with a low unemployment rate of 4.3%.
In 2011, 67.5% of the 40,560 adults aged 25 years and over in St. Albert had completed some form of post-secondary education, compared with 59.6% at the national level. Of the population aged 25 years and over in St. Albert, 31.7% had a university certificate or degree. An additional 24.3% had a college diploma and 11.6% had a trades certificate. The share of the adult population that had completed a high school diploma as their highest level of educational attainment was 23.7%, and 8.8% had completed neither high school nor any post-secondary certificates, diplomas or degrees.