Charlottetown’s nickname is “Birthplace of Confederation” recognizing the capital as a key site for the founding of Canada. The province of PEI has many monikers including “Garden of the Gulf” referring to the surrounding Gulf of St. Lawrence, “Million-Acre Farm” or simply “The Island”.
Research website numbeo lacks sufficient data to rank PEI’s provincial capital on its comprehensive global quality of life rating which benchmarks 250 cities worldwide. Numbeo does evaluate Charlottetown on several individual factors. For instance, Charlottetown is number one with the lowest pollution score, while Charlottetown’s ranks among the best 2% of fastest traffic commute times. In addition, its safety score places PEI’s capital among the top 28% of safest cities. However, Charlottetown scored in the bottom 7% for its climate and the lagging 8% for health care.
Each summer, the Charlottetown Festival at the Confederation Centre of the Arts features Anne of Green Gables – The Musical. That play is Canada’s most popular and longest-running musical and is based on PEI author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless novel.
Back on June 26, 2008, Charlottetown was the site for the world’s longest softball game, played over 96 hours. According to Guinness World Records, that record was broken by an even longer softball game by another Canadian venue–the village of Waskatenau in Alberta.
The three largest employers for which Charlottetown serves as headquarters are the provincial health and wellness authority Charlottetown Health Region, City of Charlottetown and Charlottetown Board of Education.
From an international trade perspective, Prince Edward Island shipped C$1.5 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2019. Its most valuable exports include potatoes including prepared or preserved spuds (26% of PEI’s global exports), machinery including electrical equipment (21.5%), lobsters (11.6%), chemical products (7.8%), and vehicles including vehicles-related goods (0.7%) according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
The Charlottetown region’s unemployment rate was 10.2% in June 2020, up from 7.5% in June 2016. That unemployment rate is used to calculate Employment Insurance program entitlements for the Charlottetown region
Capital Facts for Charlottetown, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Ardgowan National Historic Site, Beaconsfield Historic Site, Brighton Beach Range Lighthouses, Peake’s Wharf, PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, St. Dunstan’s Basilica, St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Vermilion Art Works and Victoria Row
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Charlottetown, Canada.
- Adam McQuaid, professional NHL hockey player (born Oct. 12, 1986)
- Joey Kitson (aka Big City), singer (born Nov. 23, 1969)
- Martha MacIsaac, actress (born Oct. 11, 1984)
- Lorie Kane, professional golfer (born Dec. 19, 1964)
- Robert Ghiz, former premier (born Jan. 21, 1974)
- Jonathan Torrens, TV show host (born Oct. 25, 1972)
- Katie Baker, national field hockey team captain (born Apr. 21, 1984)
- Lloyd Duffy, champion jockey (born Dec. 8, 1944)
- Dave Cameron, professional NHL hockey player & coach (born Jul. 29, 1958)
- Mike Duffy, senator & former journalist (born May 27, 1946)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Charlottetown resident: Charlottetonian
Population: 40,488 (Charlottetown) at July 1, 2019
Density: 2,368 people per square mile (913 per square kilometer)
Population: 156,947 in 2019 (PEI)
Density: 72 people per square mile (28 per square kilometer)
GDP: C$6.052 billion in 2019 (PEI)
GDP per person: $38,561
Note: The above GDP metrics are in chained 2012 Canadian dollars.
Official currency used in Charlottetown: Canadian dollars
Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database, Imports and exports for PEI.
CBC News, Charlottetown softball players set world record for longest game.
Charlottetown Business Directory, Top 50 employers in Charlottetown.
Fortune, Global 500 2016.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Charlottetown official website.
Prince Edward Island, PEI Population Report – Annual.
Prince Edward Island Statistics Bureau, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by Industry.
Prince Edward Island Statistics Bureau, Labour Force Survey, June 2020.
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Statistics Canada, Census Profile, 2016 Census: Charlottetown.
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags.
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, List of census metropolitan areas and agglomerations in Canada.
Wikipedia, Prince Edward Island.
Charlottetonians celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.
Charlottetown occupies 17.1 square miles (44.33 square kilometers). The city’s population was 40,488 people at July 1, 2019.
At the provincial level, Prince Edward Island has a population of 156,947 residents living within a land area measuring 2,190 square miles (5,672 square kilometers).
Charlottetown’s population density averages 2,368 residents per square mile (913 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within PEI’s provincial land borders to an average 72 inhabitants per square mile (28 per square kilometer).