Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is a town in eastern Montérégie, Quebec, Canada, about 40 kilometres southeast of Montreal. It is located on the west bank of the Richelieu River, at Lake Champlain’s northernmost navigable point. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu had a population of 98,036 people as of December 2019.
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, about a half-hour drive from Montreal, is a lovely village on the banks of the Richelieu River with a main thoroughfare lined with attractive cafes and old businesses. Even though Saint-Jean appears on virtually every list of Canada’s most affordable cities based on various parameters, residents are still feeling the pinch. That’s because, according to data gathered by global relocation company Salary Expert, the cost of living in this “affordable” city of nearly 100,000 is only just 3% lower than the national average.
The city has long served as a major transportation centre. In 1836, it was linked to La Prairie by the first railway line in British North America. It also hosts the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu International Balloon Festival, a hot air balloon festival that draws thousands of visitors each August to see hundreds of balloons in the sky.
In the seventeenth century, the French founded Fort Saint-Jean (Quebec). It was known as St. Johns by early English settlers and served as a significant communication connection during the French and Indian Wars. Several times during the American Revolutionary War, as British and American forces passed through the city, control of the town changed hands.
The city and several neighbouring communities combined in 2001 to form a new rural county municipality with a population of 79,600 people. The five municipalities concerned proposed the merger, which was not included in the regional fusions implemented by the Quebec government the following year.
The Carrefour Richelieu regional shopping centre, which has 115 shops, is located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Faubourg Saint-Jean, a newer retail development, is home to restaurants, facilities, shops, and a soon-to-open movie theatre. The historic downtown district, which includes Richelieu and Champlain streets and borders the Richelieu River, is home to a number of locally run bars, restaurants, and shops.
Textiles, wood products, sports equipment, and metal transformation are all manufactured in St-Jean. It houses a Canadian Forces Area Support Unit (ASU), which serves as a primary recruit and officer training facility.
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu has an average cost of living of $1402, placing it in the top 31% of the world’s most expensive cities. It is ranked 2813th out of 9294 in our global ranking, 55th out of 153 in Canada, and 4th out of 60 in Quebec State.
The median after-tax income is $2266, which covers 1.6 months’ worth of living expenses. In the list of best cities to live in the world, it is ranked 1545th (TOP 17%), 67th best city in Canada, and 14th most liveable city in Quebec State. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is the 55th largest city in Canada, with a population of 95.1k. The community’s average home purchase price is $315,000, compared to the national average of $480,000.
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