Spruce Grove is a medium sized city located approximately 11 km due west of the city of Edmonton and to some extent acts as a bedroom community for the larger city. Spruce Grove has a population of over 26,000 with a very young median age of 33.7, while the majority of the city’s population over the age of 15 is married. Although a small city in terms of size, Spruce Grove grew from 2006 to 2011 by a huge 34% and offers residents essential retail services, a full range of recreational activities, and several elementary and high schools. There are approximately 9,600 dwellings in the city of which 19% are being rented. Most housing is found in single family dwellings, but 11% of housing is found in low-rise buildings. Several rental apartment properties are found in Spruce Grove, providing renters with a good variety of rental housing choices for a city of this size.