Ward 8 lies directly across the South Saskatchewan River from downtown, spanning from the southern arch of the river to the west, to the city limits in the east, with 72nd Avenue and Whyte (82) Avenue to the south. It is a densely populated ward that contains the University of Alberta, a campus of nearly 60,000 people (40,000 students and 19,000 staff/instructors), which means that much of the population is transient, and just over half its accommodations are rental.
Unsurprisingly, Ward 8 has the highest proportion of its population in its 20s -- close to one-fifth. This large, young student base means appealing to this demographic is key to a councillor's success in this area.
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