The Town of Claresholm has a population of 3,780 and a service area of approximately 7,000. The immigrant population of Claresholm is 200 and of predominantly European and Asian descent (2011 National Household Survey).
English is the first language of 93% of the population, followed by German, French and Tagalog (Filipino) in descending order of prevalence (2011 National Household Survey).
68% of Claresholm residents aged 25-64 have some form of postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. This includes 23% in apprenticeship or trades, 27% at the College certificate/diploma level, and 15% with a Bachelor’s Degree or above. 56.8% of Claresholm residents participate in the workforce and 18% of those are self-employed (2011 National Household Survey).
The median employment income of persons over the age of 15 who worked full-time in 2010 was $47,809, with a median family income of $65,100 (2011 National Household Survey). The median personal employment income is far higher than the $29,250 for all of Canada and the small disparity between personal and family implies a number of families are enjoying single-earner or part-time spousal earnings with a potential focus on child-rearing.
As of May 18, 2017, the average home sale in Alberta was $398,582 YTD for 2017. The Calgary average was $475,516 and the Lethbridge average was $271,053. The average for south central Alberta, including Claresholm, was $195,416 (Alberta Real Estate Association). The average residential rental rate for attached facilities in a 3+ unit property is $675 and 76% of residents spend 30% or less of their income on housing (2011 National Household Survey).
Claresholm enjoys some the warmest weather regionally and nationally. All months except January experience daily average highs above 0 degrees Celsius, with Chinooks regularly bringing winter temperatures into the plus teens. Highs in July and August average a comfortably warm 25 and 26 degrees Celsius. There are 361 millimetres of annual precipitation that fall mainly during the rainy season of May and June.
Claresholm enjoys a net influx of 530 commuters for the purpose of employment. This adds to the daytime service area, with the majority of commuters coming from the MD of Willow Creek, followed by neighbouring communities and Lethbridge. The median commute time for Claresholm residents is 5.8 minutes
(2011 National Household Survey).