Origin of Name: When Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, and her husband, the Duke of Argyll, who was then the Governor General of Canada, passed through the hamlet of Pile of Bones in 1882, she, in the dining room of the Royal Train, named the new community Regina (Latin for queen), after her mother, the Queen.
Land Area (square km): 3,408.28
Total Population: 210,556
Population Density: 61.8 per square km.
National Population Rank: 18
Median Age: 37.1
Median Total Income: $84,890
GDP Growth: Regina’s GDP is forecast to rise 2.9 per cent in 2012, following two years of growth above 5 per cent. Surging employment is attracting newcomers to the area, fuelling strong population increases. The medium term looks good too, with GDP forecast to rise at least 3 per cent per year between 2013 and 2015.
Employment Growth: Regina’s employment growth is forecasted to rise 2.4 per cent in 2012 and 2.3 per cent between 2013 and 2016.
Unemployment Rate: It’s estimated that the unemployment rate remained below 5 per cent for the fifth straight year in 2011 and there is a forecast that it will drop again in 2012 to 4.3 per cent; remaining at this per centile from 2013 to 2016.
Immigration: Newcomers flocking to snap up jobs boosted net in-migration above 3,000 people for the second consecutive year in 2011. This is a robust figure for an area that averaged net out-migration during the 10 years to 2009. While international and intercity migration to Regina has long been positive, net interprovincial flows have swung dramatically in the city’s favour since 2009. This has lifted the city’s population by 2 per cent or more for three straight years, including an estimated 2.1 per cent advance in 2011.
In 2012, 2600 people immigrated to Regina with an estimated 1700 people per year immigrating between 2013 and 2016.
Culture: Currently, there are over 60 cultural associations in Regina and a 45 year old annual city-wide event called Mosaic that showcases all of our cultures over three days.