Ponoka County is a municipal district in Alberta, Canada. It covers 721,396 acres (2,919 km2) and it claims to "embody the essence of rural Alberta".
In the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Ponoka County recorded a population of 9,806 living in 3,535 of its 4,199 total private dwellings, a 7001107009999900000♠10.7% change from its 2011 population of 8,856. With a land area of 2,814.26 km2 (1,086.59 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.5/km2 (9.0/sq mi) in 2016.
In the 2011 Census, Ponoka County had a population of 8,856 living in 3,172 of its 3,669 total dwellings, a 2.5% change from its 2006 population of 8,640. With a land area of 2,807.94 km2 (1,084.15 sq mi), it had a population density of 3.2/km2 (8.2/sq mi) in 2011. Following Ponoka’s 2011 annexation, Statistics Canada adjusted Ponoka County's 2011 population downward by 5 people to 8,851.
In 2006, Ponoka County had a population of 8,640 living in 3,330 dwellings, a 1.7% decrease from 2001. The county has a land area of 2,807.94 km2 (1,084.15 sq mi) and a population density of 3.1/km2 (8.0/sq mi).
In 2001, the population of Ponoka County was 8,806 residents
The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the county is Charlie Cutforth. The five members of council, Nancy Hartford, Bryce Liddle, Mark Matejka, Paul McLauchlin, and Doug Weir, where elected October 21, 2013. Councillor Paul McLauchlin, from electoral division 4, was selected the reeve in a 2013 organizational meeting.
Ponoka County was founded on January 1, 1952. The county's first public officials were Mr. Bruce Ramsey, who directed municipal affairs, Mr. Peter McDonald as secretary-treasurer, and Mr. L.G. Saunders was head of the school system. The town gets its name from the Blackfoot word for Elk.