Don’t blame tech industry for tech hubs’ high home prices

Housing in tech hubs is expensive. Just ask anyone in California. Home prices are in fact 82 percent higher in tech hubs than in other large metros, according to a report from Trulia. What is surprising, however, is that technology may not have contributed to that huge disparity, at least according to Trulia’s chief economist Jed Kolko, who sifted through Census data to make his arguments.

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Fort Saskatchewan blends the best

If you think of Fort Saskatchewan as a bedroom community, you might want to think again.

“The population has grown about 32% over the last nine years, with an average of about 4.8% per year,” said Terry Stacey, economic development director of the city. “The community is expanding, attracting new business, and allowing us to provide the type of amenities our residents are looking for.”

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Census shows more growth

New data outlined in the Strathcona County 2012 Municipal Census Report reveals that the municipality’s population is up by five per cent over the last three years.

Released on Wednesday, April 10, the 2012 census focused on county changes over the last three years, including population growth, as well as a breakdown for changes in Sherwood Park and rural areas of the county, such as farms, country residents and rural hamlets.

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