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Population & demographics

Total population

28,065

Population age (%)

0-19 (26%)20-34 (16%)35-49 (23%)50-64 (18%)65+ (17%)

Household

Average household income

$142,931


Household composition (%)

Single person (22%)Multi person (3%)Single Family (75%)

Owners / Renters (%)

Owners (84%)Renters (16%)

Mother Tongue (%)

English (91%)Others (4%)French (2%)Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) (1%)

Why live in Cochrane?

If you want to know why so many people are flocking to Cochrane, then you’ve come to the right place. Cochrane, Alberta is a town that offers the ideal mix of modern amenities and natural beauty. Nestled at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, you’re conveniently located near both the world-famous Banff National Park and Calgary, Alberta’s largest city. In fact, it only takes half an hour to drive to downtown Calgary and just over an hour to drive to Banff from Cochrane. This means that you can benefit from all the activities and relaxation that come with living in nature, as well as the many urban amenities that come with living near a major city. For example, you can head up to Banff for a day or skiing or snowboarding in the winter and then be in Calgary by the evening where you can take in a show, visit an art gallery or museum, or dine at an international restaurant. Within the town of Cochrane itself, there is also plenty to do and see. Some of the top activities in the area are fishing, golfing, and horseback riding. Locals can enjoy golfing at The Links of GlenEagles or The Cochrane Golf Club, horseback riding at Boundary Ranch or along The Cowboy Trail, and fishing on the Bow River. Alternatively, if history and culture are more up your alley, be sure to check out Cochrane Ranche Historic Site, Cochrane Historical Museum, and Route 22 Artist Collective Gallery. You also don’t want to miss historic downtown Cochrane, which features charming streets filled with coffee shops, restaurants, bakeries, and even breweries. That said, if you’re looking for a wild night of fun, you may have to head to Calgary for its nightlife scene. As a small, family-friendly town, late-night fun is less common in Cochrane. Further, another perk of living in Cochrane is the thriving local economy. While you will also be able to take advantage of Calgary’s booming job market, there are plenty of opportunities right at home in Cochrane, too. The town’s major industries are agriculture, construction, retail trade, and media and advertising. A few of the area’s largest employers are Garmin, United Farmers of Alberta, Blue Pixel Media, Bow Valley College, and Urban Casual Media. Lastly, Cochrane has a low cost of living that people of all ages find attractive.

Quality and diversity of education in Cochrane

Education in Cochrane is high-quality, starting with the two public school districts that operate in the area: Rocky Mountain Schools and the Calgary Catholic School District. Between these school boards, there are eight elementary schools, one middle school, and three high schools in the area, offering a mix of English-language, French-language, and Catholic education. A few of these schools include Fireside School, Glenbow Elementary, RancheView School, École Manchaban Middle School, Bow Valley High School, and Cochrane High School. Meanwhile, if you would prefer that your child attend a private school, there are a number of options in Cochrane, such as The Duncan Academy, Wishing Well Schools, and Milton Prep Academy. As for post-secondary options, Cochrane is well-situated. First, there are a number of institutions right around town, such as Ambrose University, Prairie College, Vanguard College, and the Canadian Baptist Theological & Seminary College. Then there are the many universities and colleges in nearby Calgary, including but not limited to the University of Calgary, St. Mary’s University, Mount Royal University, Rocky Mountain College, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and ABM College - Calgary Campus.

Most populous cities in Cochrane

The primary neighbourhoods that make up Cochrane include Bow Meadows, Bow Ridge, Cochrane Heights, East End, Downtown Cochrane, Glenbow, Gleneagles, Riversong, Rivercrest, Sunset Ridge, West Valley, The Willows, Riviera, Heritage Hills, and Precedence.

Quality of infrastructure for Cochrane

Cochrane is one of the largest cities in Alberta, as well as one of the fastest-growing, which means that it features excellent infrastructure. For starters, you might not think that a town of its size has its own public transportation network but it does. The Cochrane On-demand Local Transit (COLT) offers transportation options throughout the region. Buses can be requested on the COLT website, mobile app, or by calling the service directly. COLT provides a variety of transit options, many of which connect passengers with Calgary. Once in Calgary, residents can take advantage of the extensive public transit routes offered by Calgary Transit. Plus, once in Calgary, you can also hop on a coach bus offered by Ebus, Cold Shot, Rider Express, The Canada Bus, or Red Arrow. These bus services connect with other cities in Alberta, British Columbia, and beyond. Cochrane is also only half an hour from Calgary International Airport, the largest airport in Alberta and the headquarters of Canadian airline, WestJet. Alternatively, if you prefer to get around by car, Cochrane is a great place to live, as you have easy access to the Trans Canada Highway, Highway AB-201, AB-1A, and AB-2. Lastly, for medical access, you can visit one of the many highly-rated health centres or clinics in town, such as Cochrane Community Health Centre or Cochrane Health Team. However, you can also visit a number of major hospitals in nearby Calgary, like the Alberta Children's Hospital (ACH), Rockyview General Hospital (RGH), Foothills Medical Centre (FMC), and South Health Campus (SHC).

Safety and security for Cochrane

The Cochrane detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is responsible for keeping Cochrane residents safe. That said, crime rates in the area are well below the national average and the risk of a natural disaster is low. Emergency services can be accessed 24/7 by calling 9-1-1.

Cochrane property market

As a rapidly growing city, you can bet that Cochrane has a strong property market. Thankfully, it still remains relatively affordable when compared to the City of Calgary or other large cities in Canada. The most common type of home you will find in Cochrane is a detached home, though there are also a number of duplexes, semi-detached homes, townhomes, and even some apartments. As an added bonus, there is no land transfer tax in the province of Alberta, as well as no PST or HST, which helps reduce the cost of buying a home in Cochrane.

Standard of living in Cochrane

The standard of living in Cochrane is high, which is what makes it such an appealing place to live in Alberta. Not only is it safe and family-friendly with lots of recreational and cultural attractions and a charming, historic downtown core, but this Alberta town has an extremely convenient location near downtown Calgary, Banff, and Calgary International Airport. This allows residents to enjoy the best of both worlds - breathtaking natural scenery, endless urban amenities, and small-town life.

Something wonderful about Cochrane

The town of Cochrane has a distinctly “western” or cowboy feel to it that many people love. In fact, the town’s motto is “How the West is Now,” and its symbol is a person on horseback. The town’s historic downtown core features many western-style storefronts, including McKay’s Ice Cream, a retro ice cream parlour with a long-running history in Cochrane. Further, as mentioned previously, horseback riding is a popular activity in the area. Tourists and locals alike can engage in this pastime at Horizon Equestrian Centre, Saddle Peak Trail Rides, Mission Acres, Glenhaven Stables, and Clip Clop Horseback Riding. Agriculture, and ranching in particular, is also still one of the area’s main industries. There is even a Labour Day Rodeo & Parade held every year. As you can see, the city’s western history is very much intertwined with its present.