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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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St. John's waterfront
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St John's on the Avalon peninsula

The Canadian city of St. John's population 99,182 (metropolitan population 175,000), is the provincial capital and largest city of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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History

  • The worst disaster to befall St. John's was on July 18, 1892 and is commonly called The Great Fire of 1892. There was another major fire that started in the same neighbourhood on December 21, 1992, destroying over a dozen businesses and leaving hundreds homeless.
  • It was at St. John's that Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless message, and it was from there that the first nonstop transatlantic flight was made in 1919 by Alcock and Brown.





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The city of St. John's, Newfoundland

Geography

The city is located on the northeast coast of the Avalon Peninsula, in southeastern Newfoundland island, and on the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, it is the easternmost city in North America. The downtown area exists to the north of St. John's Harbour and the rest of the city expands uphill and to the west, north, and east. The city of Mount Pearl borders St. John's to the east, and is substantially smaller in population, yet only slightly smaller in size. St. John's is the largest city in Division No. 1. The following table is a representation of St. John's and its surrounding areas:

North: Torbay, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, and Flatrock, and Pouch Cove
West: Portugal Cove-St. Philip's, Paradise, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay South St. John's East: Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove,
South: Division No. 1, Subd. D, Bay Bulls
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St John's Harbour, Newfoundland

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Demographics

  • According to the Canada 2001 Census:
    • Dwellings: 42,443
    • Area (km): 446.04
    • Density (persons per km): 222.4

Racial make-up

  • White: 97.3%
  • All others: 2.7%

Relgious make-up

St. John's should not be confused with Saint John, New Brunswick.

Mayors of St. John's

  • (July 1, 1914 - elected municipal government suspended in favour of commission of government)
  • 1898 to 1902 - government by commission. In 1902, legislation passed that dictated a municipal council would be formed by six councillors-at-large and one mayor, elected by those citizens of St. John's who pay property taxes. (This practice of limiting franchise to municipal taxpayers lasted through to the 1960s)
  • 1888 to 1898 - Council consisted of five councillors elected by ward and two members appointed by the Newfoundland government.

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See also: List of cities in Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, List of communities in Newfoundland and Labrador

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