Through the amalgamation of numerous smaller municipalities, the Municipal District of Lac Ste. Anne was formed in 1944. The Municipal District was declared a County in 1965. The County has a strong and diverse local culture. Agriculture, lakes and recreational areas are core features in establishing the unique identity of the county. In addition to the already established local population, the county is also proving to be an increasingly popular location for new residents, particularly those relocating from the Edmonton area, in search of an affordable rural lifestyle in close proximity to Edmonton and Spruce Grove. Agriculture and related industry has traditionally formed the core economic activity within the county. This has, however, been supplemented in recent years with a stronger recreational sector, aggregate extraction industry, and general industrial development.