St. John’s is the provincial capital city for Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada’s second-most sparsely populated province trailing only Prince Edward Island.
Guinness World Records points to St. John’s as being the eastern starting point for the fastest crossing of Canada by a female on foot in 143 days. Canadian Ann Keane covered 4,866 miles (7,831 kilometers) from April 17 to September 8, 2002 before arriving at Tofino, British Columbia on Canada’s western coast.
Another of world record is when St. John’s served as the kickoff site for the fastest unsupported crossing of the North Atlantic by kayak. Brit Peter Bray paddled for 76 days from June 22 to September 5, 2001 before arriving in Belderrig, Ireland but not before overcoming hostile currents and treacherous weather.
St. John’s serves as headquarters for two of Canada’s largest 500 corporations by revenue. Fortis Inc. is an international diversified electric utility holding firm, while Nalcor Energy is a provincial Crown Corporation that manages the province’s energy resources.
Newfoundland and Labrador shipped C$8.4 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from Newfoundland and Labrador are crude oil, iron ores, seafood notably crabs and shrimps, copper, nickel and paper according to the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database.
The unemployment rate for St. John’s was 7.4% as of April 2017 unchanged from one year earlier.
Capital Facts for St. John’s, Canada: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Cabot Tower, Cape Spear Lighthouse, Commissariat House, Jellybean Row Houses, Mile One Centre, Railway Coastal Museum and Signal Hill
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in St. John’s, Canada:
- Rick Mercer, comedian, TV host & author (born Oct. 17, 1969)
- Shannon Tweed, actress & reality TV star (born Mar. 10, 1957)
- Teddy Purcell, professional NHL hockey player (born Sep. 8, 1985)
- Mary Walsh, comedian & actress (born May 13, 1952)
- Percy Hynes White, actor (born Oct. 8, 2001)
- Brad Gushue, Olympic curling gold medalist (born Jun. 16, 1980)
- Brian Downey, actor (born Oct. 31, 1944)
- Cathy Jones, comedian (born Apr. 6, 1955)
- Stephen Dunn, director, screenwriter & web series creator (born Jan. 18, 1989)
- Joan Morrissey, singer-songwriter (born Jan. 27, 1933)
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 St. John’s resident: St. John’san or St. John’ser
Population: 108,860 (St. John’s city limits)
Density: 632 people per square mile (244 per square kilometer)
Population: 205,955 (Metropolitan St. John’s)
Density: 663 people per square mile (256 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$12.7 billion in 2016 (Metropolitan St. John’s)
GDP per person: $61,824
Note: The above GDP metrics are 2007-based and are in Canadian dollars.
Official currency used in St. John’s: Canadian dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 18, 2017
Fortune, Global 500 2016. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Guinness World Records, Fastest crossing of Canada on foot (female). Accessed on May 18, 2017
Guinness World Records, Fastest North Atlantic kayak crossing (solo). Accessed on May 18, 2017
National Post, The FP500. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Official Government Website, City of St. John’s official website. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Statistics Canada, Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Statistics Canada, Labour force characteristics, unadjusted, by census metropolitan area. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Newfoundland and Labrador. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Wikipedia, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Accessed on May 18, 2017
Within city limits, St. John’s occupies 172.2 square miles (446.1 square kilometers). The provincial capital city’s population was 108,860 people in 2016.
Including the city of St. John’s plus its surrounding rural municipalities, cities and towns, Metropolitan St. John’s has a land area of 310.7 square miles (804.6 square kilometers) with a capital area population of 205,955 inhabitants.
At the city level, St. John’s’s population density is 632 residents per square mile (244 per square kilometer).
Population density increases moderately within the larger area for Metropolitan St. John’s with an average 663 inhabitants per square mile (256 per square kilometer).
St. John’sans celebrate Canada Day as a national holiday each July 1.