Saskatchewan Statistics


Saskatchewan is located in the heart of North America. To the east and west are the Canadian provinces of Manitoba and Alberta. To the south it borders the American states of Montana and North Dakota. To the north are Canada's Northwest Territories and Nunavut.


Population: 1,132,505 (Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Canada).

Capital City: Regina (metropolitan area) - Population 249,217 (Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Canada).

Largest City: Saskatoon (metropolitan area) - Population 317,480 (Source: Statistics Canada, 2021 Census of Canada).

Time Zone: Central Standard Time (CST) year-round.

Highest Elevation: Cypress Hills - 1,392 m (4,566 ft.) above sea level.

Major River Systems: The North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, Assiniboine, Churchill Rivers all flow into Hudson Bay.

Principal Industries: Mining, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture

Origin of Name: From the Plains Indian word, "kisiskatchewan", meaning "the river that flows swiftly"; a reference to the area's major river.

Land and Geography: Approximately 651,900 square kilometres (more than a quarter million square miles) in size. Contrary to popular belief, one half the province is covered by forest, one-third by farmland and one-eighth by fresh water.

Heritage: Saskatchewan is culturally diverse, with people of Aboriginal, European, Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Scandinavian and British heritage.

Saskatchewan Cities: Saskatchewan is home to 15 cities: Estevan, Humboldt, Lloydminster, Melfort, Melville, Moose Jaw, North Battleford, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Weyburn, Yorkton, Martensville and Meadow Lake.

Saskatchewan Climate: For statistical weather information about locations throughout Saskatchewan, visit Environment Canada.