Saint John's, Newfoundland 

Saint John's is the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the farthest port east in all of North America and the oldest city as well. According to local folklore, John Cabot entered the harbour on St. John's Day in 1497 and named the place in his honour. It is called the City of Legends and is known for its brightly painted houses, friendly people, clean air, safe streets and the icebergs that can often be seen off the coast. 

The population of Saint John's is just over 100,000. In 2001 the population was 99,185 and the average age was 37 years. Although the city's population has grown in five years, that of the province has declined. In 2002 the population of Newfoundland and Labrador was 512,930, while today it is 505,469. Some Newfoundlanders are moving into the city, but many are moving out of the province altogether to find employment.  

In 2000 the average household income was $54,940. In 2005, out of average yearly household expenditures of $62,474:

  • $3,466 spent on recreation
  • $1,676 spent on health care
  • $1,515 spent on tobacco and alcohol
  • $1,178 spent on education

St. John's has more drinking establishments per square kilometre than any other city in North America. George Street is one of the main attractions for locals and tourists, featuring all kinds of bars, restaurants and entertainment. 

A major industry in Newfoundland is offshore oil development, and St. John's has many companies and businesses that are ocean based, for example making radar equipment. The Memorial University of Newfoundland and College of the North Atlantic are both in St. John's. Almost 70% of the workforce over 25 years have a postsecondary education. 

2001:
No degree/certificate/diploma:43,460
High School diploma:27,305
University degree:23,425
Trade school certificate/diploma:23,220
College diploma:19,465

Saint John's also has many churches. (Those denominations in bold are more heavily represented than the others.):  Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Congregational, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Salvation Army,  Seventh Day Adventist, United,  Wesleyan.

Other churches and religions represented in Saint John's are: Baha'i, Christadelphians, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Jehovah's Witnesses, Muslim, Sikh, Unitarian.