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Prince Edward Island: Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • Capital - Charlottown
  • Motto - Parva Sub Ingenti (The small under the protection of the great)
  • Flower - Lady's Slipper
  • Entered Confederation - 1 July 1873
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly - 27
  • Members of Parliament - 4
  • Senators - 4
  • Population, 1998 - 136,196
  • Average annual family income, 1996 - $47,414
  • Employment rate, 1997 - 56.4%
  • Per capita health expenditures, 1995 - $2,344
  • Inflation as measured by the CPI, 1997 - 1.2%
  • Average weekly earnings, 1997 - $475.13
  • Housing starts, 1997 - 470
  • Provincial sales tax, 1998 - 10%
  • Urban population, 1996 - 44.2%
  • GDP per capita, 1995 - $17,318
  • Land area out of Canada's total area - 0.1%

Sources: Statistics Canada, 1999 Canadian Encyclopedia

Capital City

With a population of over 33 000 Charlottetown is the only urban centre on the island and is the capital of the province. The province has a population of 136, 196.

Time Zone

Atlantic Standard Time Zone.

Climate

Prince Edward Island is known for its moderate climate. Spring temperatures range from 8 to 22 degrees C. Summer is hot, but rarely humid with daytime temperatures usually in the mid 20 degrees C and highs up to 32 degrees C. Autumn is clear and bright with warm afternoons and cool evening temperatures ranging from 8 to 22 degrees C . Winter is crisp and clean. Temperatures usually range from -3 to -11 degrees C.


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