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Saskatoon is Saskatchewan’s largest city with a population of over 240,000 people. Located close to the communities of Martensville, Vanscoy, Aberdeen, and Clavet, the city spans over 209 square kilometres and is situated in the southern portion of the province.The South Saskatchewan River runs through the centre of the city, providing visual interest. Saskatoon offers a variety of amenities such as restaurants, retail stores, schools, recreation centres, and entertainment options.
Those looking for affordable living can find it in Saskatoon, with the average residential sale pricesranging between $240,000 and $400,000. In the northern section, there are higher priced single-family homes (older and newer), as well as some condo options. Vacant land tends to come at a high price, and there are reasonably priced commercial options (mostly retail-based). Single-family homes in the central section come at similar prices to those in the northern section.Condo options are also available in this area, as are vacant land and commercial properties (both retail and industrial). Higherpriced single-family homes, particularly along the city’s edge, are on offer in the southern section. There are also some condo options,vacant lots,and commercial spaces.
Vacancy rates in Saskatoon have increased over the past few years, shifting from around 3% to over 6%. Rent costs have not changed much over the same period.Slower population growth, minimal rent increases, and construction of new apartment buildings have all contributed to the increased vacancy rates. Rent in newer buildings tends to be around $200 to $400 more per month than that of older buildings. Depending on the area of the city, rent costs can range between $630 and $790 for a bachelor apartment,$790 and $960 for a one-bedroom apartment, $970 and $1,200 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $980 and $1,400 for a three-bedroom (or more) apartment.
Saskatoon’s unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate,and tends to sit between 6% and 7% each year.Major industries in Saskatoon include potash, oil and gas, and agriculture (wheat and other grains and livestock). Other resources that provide numerous jobs for residents include uranium, gold, diamond, and coal. Saskatoon is also a hub for transportation and logistics, due to its central location in Canada. The Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation, a crown corporation, runs Innovation Place, which has a network of three research parks. One of the parks is located in Saskatoon and brings agriculture, information technology, environmental and life sciences, and agricultural biotechnology together in one place.
Accessible public transportation in the city is operated by Saskatoon Transit, which has a fleet ofclose to200 buses that service over 20 routes throughout the city at all times of the day. Saskatoon is connected to other towns and communities throughout the province by the Saskatchewan Transportation Company’s fleet of buses. Other transportation services in the city include VIA Rail (train), Greyhound (long-distance bus), and the Saskatoon/John G. Diefenbaker International Airport.
Saskatoon’s three school boards (the Saskatoon Public School Division, the Saskatoon Catholic School Division, and the Conseil des Ecoles Fransaskoises) operate close to 80 elementary schools and 14 high schools. Examples of schools in the city include Confederation Park School, Lakeridge School, City Park School, Wildwood School, Evan Hardy Collegiate, Centennial Collegiate, St. Anne School, Holy Family School, and Bishop Murray High School. There are also a number of private school options. Post-secondary institutions in the city include the University of Saskatchewan (undergraduate and graduate programs offered), St. Thomas More College, the First Nations University of Canada (Saskatoon campus), Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Gabriel Dumont Institute, and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.
The Saskatoon Forestry Farm Park & Zoo includes gardens, restored heritage buildings, a playground, forested area, and a zoo. The zoo houses local animals, as well as others from around the world. There is a children’s zoo area, where kids can get a closer look at smaller animals such as rabbits, lizards, bats, and pygmy goats. The zoo also has an onsite gift shop and café. The Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a national historic site just outside of Saskatoon. It showcases the history and culture of the Northern Plains Indian people with exhibitions of artwork and crafts, traditional dance performances, and workshops on various culinary and cultural traditions.