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Brandon is the second-largest city in the province of Manitoba, Canada. It is located in the southwestern corner of the province on the banks of the Assiniboine River, approximately 214km west of the provincial capital, Winnipeg, and 120km east of the Saskatchewan border. Brandon covers an area of 465.16 km (176.1 sq mi) and has a population of 46,061, while its census metropolitan area has a population of 53,229. It is a major hub of trade and commerce for the Westman region as well as parts of southeastern Saskatchewan and northern North Dakota, an area with a combined population of around 180,000 people.Brandon was incorporated in 1882, having a history rooted in the Assiniboine River fur trade as well as its role as a major junction on the Canadian Pacific Railway. Known as The Wheat City, Brandon's economy is predominantly associated with agriculture, however it also has strengths in education, manufacturing, food processing, health care, and transportation.The city is home to Brandon University, Assiniboine Community College, and the Manitoba Emergency Services College. Canadian Forces Base Shilo is located 35km east of Brandon, and maintains close socioeconomic ties with the city. Brandon's Keystone Centre, one of the largest consolidated entertainment, convention, agriculture and recreation complexes in Canada, is the home of the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Brandon Curling Club, and the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. In 2012, Brandon was ranked as the 6th best place to live in Canada by MoneySense magazine.
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