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Forestburg is a village located in east-central Alberta, Canada. The rich farmland of the area was first settled in 1905. Soon after the first of many "gopher hole" mines, homesteaders were soon coal mining on the banks of the Battle River in 1907.The site was surveyed in 1919 after the Canadian Northern Railway arrived in 1916, and Forestburg was incorporated into a village. Today Forestburg's economy is based on agriculture, coal mining, oil and gas activity, and power generation. With approximately 75 businesses, the rate of employment is good. Forestburg has a good variety of retail and services, with major employment by Atco Power Ltd. and Westmoreland Coal. The village is the headquarters of the Battle River Railway, a co-operative railway established in 2009.DemographicsThe population of the Village of Forestburg according to its 2014 municipal census is 880, a change from its 2011 federal census population of 831.In the 2011 Census, the Village of Forestburg had a population of 831 living in 348 of its 380 total dwellings, a -7.2% change from its 2006 population of 895. With a land area of 2.75km2, it had a population density of in 2011.In 2006, Forestburg had a population of 895 living in 393 dwellings, a 2.9% increase from 2001. The village has a land area of 2.19km2 and a population density of 409.1 inhabitants per square kilometre.
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