It’s so friendly!
Canada’s easternmost city, St. John’s, Newfoundland is full of history, culture… and fish. Seriously, the seafood here is amazing! While fishing used to be a primary pursuit in the area – first by the Indigenous Beothuk population and then by colonists – government regulations have strictly limited it since the 1990s. Now, work in the area is all about jobs that keep the city – and its residents – running, like health care, retail and food services. Work isn’t the major focus of life in St. John’s, though. Locals would rather spend time with friends and loved ones… and here everyone is a friend! So if you love a good pint and chat at a local pub or chatting with neighbours, St. John’s is the place for you!
St John’s is full of history, being one of the oldest cities in North America… but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the architecture in the area. That’s because the city have been plagued by a series of fires in 1816, 1817, 1819, 1846 and 1892. Just give that some thought. Now, the city is full of detached homes – and some duplexes. Don’t go looking for massive highrises though. The city has put limits of the height of buildings in an attempt to maintain the city’s heritage look and feel.
Typical housing type:
Detached homes, but there are also plenty of duplexes too.
For about a decade, St. John’s rode high on oil money, flooding the area with people and money. Over the last few years, though, the oil industry has crashed, leaving many locals out of work. In fact, unemployment here is the highest in Canada. If you don’t have a job already, maybe look into work before moving because opportunities can be thin.
Avg. rent by housing size:
Avg. rent compared to other Canadian towns and regions
St. John’s is 35% lower than the Canadian average
Cheap rentals (under $1,000) abound in St. John’s. But it gets better than just cheap rent… We’re talking cheap rent for all-inclusive places and units with utilities included.
If that’s not enough, most homes also offer parking, yards, dishwashers and laundry.
Why is there so much on offer? Because renters have the power in St. John’s! That allows you to get a great deal for everything from student housing to downtown apartments to 3-bedroom-plus houses.
St. John’s has a whole range of ages. Here, you’re just as likely to find young families as seniors – and everything in between. While there is a significant singles community, more than two-thirds of locals are in relationships. There are smaller communities of divorcees and the widowed. As for kidlets, it’s about half and half in terms of having them. While there’s a wide range of experiences in St. John’s, the city is less diverse, with the vast majority of residents identifying as English, Canadian, Scottish or Irish.
Perfect for: Anyone with a love of the water and who’s seeking a better work/life balance.
Not-so-perfect for: Those who love the hustle-and-bustle – and diversity – of cities like Toronto and New York.
Life & Style
While St. John’s is known for its historical buildings, it often doesn’t get its arts and cultural due. But St. John’s has a lot going on in this zone. It hosts one of the largest music festivals in Canada – and it has the oldest women’s film festival in the world! More of a sports fan? Not to worry; there’s plenty for you to do to. A local favourite is the Royal St. John’s Regatta, which is the oldest continuous sporting event in North America. See what we mean about St. John’s being full of history?
Of course, St. John’s has a great deal of natural beauty. There are a number of parks, as well as the water. Public and private schools are available. For historical outings, head over to Signal Hill or Cabot Tower. The local pubs are the best place to catch live music. Hoping to share your love of music with your kids? Take a look at Shamrock City – an all ages pub! Resource Centre for the Arts offers more highbrow performances. Sports fans will enjoy checking out the St. John’s IceCaps. Don’t forget to try the seafood! Downtown is a good choice for restaurants and nightlife.
Cape Spear Lighthouse
East Coast Trail
Basilica Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Terry Fox Monument
Jellybean Row Houses
National War Memorial
Fort Amherst Lighthouse