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St. John's is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province, Newfoundland and Labrador. It is the oldest city in Canada. It is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula on a large Canadian island of Newfoundland. The city spans 446.04 square kilometres (172.22 sq mi) and is the easternmost city in North America (excluding Greenland).
Its name has been attributed to the Nativity of John the Baptist, when John Cabot was believed to have sailed into the harbour in 1497 and to a Basque fishing town with the same name. Existing on maps as early as 1519, it is one of the oldest cities in North America. It was officially incorporated as a city in 1888. With a metropolitan population of approximately 219,207 (as of 1 July 2017), the St. John's Metropolitan Area is Canada's 20th-largest metropolitan area and the second-largest Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) in Atlantic Canada, after Halifax.
The city has a rich history, having played a role in the Seven Years' War, the American Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812. Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal in St. John's. Its history and culture have made it into an important tourist destination. In the poetry of former resident Donnchadh Ruadh Mac Conmara and among speakers of the Irish language in Newfoundland, St. John's was traditionally referred to as Baile Sheáin.
St John’s has one of the lowest real estate prices in Canada. Buying an average house cost $300,000 and upwards, while rent averages at $800. The city downtown is marked by brightly colored rowhouses, while modern-style executive condos dominate the waterfront. The views on the waterfront are protected by environmental and building laws, which disallow tall structures and disruption of the natural environment.
The city is surrounded by flowing rivers and valleys that provide a scenic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The city is also littered with cultural hotspots like signal hill, heritage buildings, fashion and designer stores, and shops dedicated to the many tourists that throng the city.
Many residents of St John’s are laidback and live a quiet and reserved lifestyle. However, they are also supportive of new residents and immigrants in a hot and welcoming manner. The communities that make up the capital city also have supportive health services for new residents and people who want to begin a new life in the region.
Most residents of the city speak English, which is a universally accepted language. This English language adopted by residents is why the city is a top destination for immigrants, mainly from English-speaking countries.
St John’s has top-notch health facilities, including life support for chronic emergencies. In addition, there are numerous religious centres and financial institutions, shipping facilities with a harbour, outdoor parks and open spaces, an airport, affordable public transport, public toilets, and sporting facilities. St Johns is home to its professional hockey team, the St John’s IceCaps.
While other parts of Canada, such as Regina or Winnipeg, are struggling to control their crime rate, St John’s has succeeded in lowering crime (especially gun and drug-related crime) in the city by 9% for three years in a row. As a result, it is one of Canada’s safest spaces for people looking forward to moving to the capital city.
Low-cost housing and an average living wage above the national minimum wage guarantee an excellent quality of life for the average resident. There was a period of economic slump when the cod fishery industry collapsed, but the economy bounced back with discovering several oil fields beside the city. Moving to St John’s means you can live a pretty comfortable life without doing multiple jobs.
The public transport in the city is one of the oldest in Canada, having been continuously inhabited for more than 500 years. There are routes for local buses and ferries for easy movement between the islands in the area. Residents and tourists can use the private system or follow the city’s old bus routes. Unlike similar cities around the globe, there are little or no traffic jams at St John’s.
St John’s has a pretty friendly population, and the communities that make the city are welcoming towards immigrants and tourists. Although there is still some level of crime, residents and visitors feel a certain degree of safety when they are in St John’s.
The city is littered with cultural and entertainment spots and is known throughout Canada for its fantastic nightlife. St John’s has plenty of cultural and entertainment centres and activities. Residents and tourists can enjoy live music sessions, open theatres, and crafts sessions. These events are spiced up with delicious food offerings, including various fish-based dishes typical to the area. Furthermore, Tourists are treated to walking tours of famous landmarks around the city. George Street is also renowned for its nightlife, and overall party-like atmosphere and music festivals.