Traditionally a fishing spot that boasts an Inuit name meaning place of many fish, Iqaluit is the capital city for Nunavut–Canada’s biggest, newest and northern-most territory.
Nunavut places slightly ahead of Yukon thus narrowly missing out on the dubious title of being Canada’s least populated territory. Nunavut greatly lags all 10 Canadian provinces in terms of its number of permanent residents.
Nunavut shipped C$10.7 million worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Nunavut exports include electrical machinery, pharmaceuticals, fish, artwork and collectors’ pieces, technical equipment, musical instruments, textiles and furskins according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
Bolstered by some government jobs, nevertheless the unemployment rate for capital city Iqaluit was 16.3% as of April 2017.
Capital Facts for Iqaluit, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Legislative Assembly of Nunavut, Rannva’s shop and St. Jude’s Cathedral
Below, you will find 3 of the most famous people born in Iqaluit, Canada
- Annabella Piugattuk, actress (born Dec. 9, 1982)
- Malaija Pootoogook, artist & bird drawer (born January 1971)
- Severin France, Film Production Designer (born Apr. 12, 1986)
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 Iqaluit resident: Iqalummiut
Population: 7,740 (Iqaluit city limits)
Density: 382 people per square mile (1,361 per square kilometer)
Population: 37,462 (Nunavut)
Density: 363 people per square mile (140 per square kilometer)
GDP: C$2.04 billion in 2016 (Nunavut)
GDP per person: $54,445
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Iqaluit: Canadian dollars
Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, Gross Domestic Product. Accessed on August 31, 2017
br>Nunavut Bureau of Statistics, Nunavut Quick Facts. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Iqaluit official website. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Iqaluit. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Wikipedia, Nunavut. Accessed on August 31, 2017
Within city limits, Iqaluit occupies 20.27 square miles (52.5 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 7,740 people in 2016.
The territory of Nunavut has a land area of 725,018 square miles (1,877,787 square kilometers) with a territorial population of 37,462 inhabitants.
At the city level, Iqaluit’s population density is 382 residents per square mile (147 per square kilometer).
Unsurprisingly, population density severely dilutes within the much larger Nunavut territory with a microscopic average of 0.05 inhabitants per square mile (0.02 per square kilometer).
Iqalummiuts celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.