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Originally a French farming community, Beaumont is now a city with 19,236 people. Its downtown core resembles a French village with unique architecture and red brick walkways. It is named for the "beautiful hill" on which St. Vital Church, built in 1919, is located within the centre of the city. The name was selected in 1895 as part of a petition for a post office.
Beaumont incorporated as a village on January 1, 1973, and then as a town on January 1, 1980. On January 1, 2019, Beaumont incorporated as a city.
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Beaumont recorded a population of 17,396 living in 5,633 of its 5,980 total private dwellings, a 31% change from its 2011 population of 13,284. With a land area of 10.47 km2 (4.04 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,661.5/km2 (4,303.3/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, Beaumont had a population of 13,284 living in 4,369 of its 4,566 total dwellings, a 48.2% change from its 2006 population of 8,961. With a land area of 10.5 km2 (4.1 sq mi), it had a population density of 1,265.1/km2 (3,276.7/sq mi) in 2011. The 2011 census also indicated that Beaumont was ranked as the municipality with the seventh-highest population growth between 2006 and 2011.
In 2014, 49.6% of the workforce of Beaumont was employed in the nearby city of Edmonton.
Beaumont is home to the Beaumont Blues & Roots Festival (BBRF). Previous performers at the BBRF have included Chantal Kreviazuk, Raine Maida, Corb Lund, Fred Penner, Matt Andersen, Sloan, Powder Blues Band, and the Sheepdogs.
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