New Brunswick is one of the four provinces on the Atlantic coast of Canada! It is the only bilingual province according to the Constitution of Canada; 2/3 of the region being predominately English speaking, while 1/3 of the province is predominately French-speaking. The capital city of New Brunswick is Fredericton, and only about half of the residents in the entire province live in urban areas. The most reported ethnicities in New Brunswick were British & Irish, French Canadian or Acadian or European.
83% of the province is forested, and the province, in general, is less densely populated than the other regions that make up the Maritimes. The economy has two major economic sectors, government services and public administration makes up about 50% of the total provincial GDP, construction and manufacturing constitute 43% of the provincial GDP. Industries such as real estate, farming, mining and oil make up the remaining GDP.
The US is the largest export market for New Brunswick accounting for almost 92% of foreign trade. The most traded product from New Brunswick is petroleum, followed by seafood products, paper and sawmill products and non-metallic minerals. Over 13,000 residents of New Brunswick work in agriculture, with over $1 billion worth of products being shipped annually – half from crops and the other half from potatoes.
The capital city, Fredericton, is located on the west side of the province. It has roughly 58,000 residents and the third largest city in the province (after Moncton and Saint John). Its economy is mostly tied to public service; however, there is a growing IT and commercial sector due in part to the fact that the city has the highest percentage of residents with a post-secondary in the province, and one of the highest per capita incomes. The average price of a home in Fredericton is $173,000. Their growing IT sector has created much publicity for the city. In both 2008 and 2009, the Intelligent Community Forum selected Fredericton as a Top 7 Intelligent Community, based off of the city’s IT community.
The tourism in New Brunswick accounts for around $441 million annually, due to the many historical sites that the province holds including Fort Beauséjour, Miscou Island Lighthouse, Kings Landing Historical Settlement and the Village Historique Acadien. Because the terrain of New Brunswick is 83% forest, that means it’s home to some different species such as the bobcat, the Canadian lynx, the black bear, moose and white-tailed deer.
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