Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec

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Saint-Hyacinthe
City
Parc Casimir-Dessaules.
Parc Casimir-Dessaules.
Official seal of Saint-Hyacinthe
Seal
Location within Les Maskoutains RCM.
Location within Les Maskoutains RCM.
Saint-Hyacinthe is located in Southern Quebec
Saint-Hyacinthe
Saint-Hyacinthe
Location in southern Quebec.
Coordinates: 45°37′N 72°57′W / 45.617°N 72.950°W / 45.617; -72.950Coordinates: 45°37′N 72°57′W / 45.617°N 72.950°W / 45.617; -72.950[1]
Country  Canada
Province  Quebec
Region Montérégie
RCM Les Maskoutains
Founded 1849
Constituted December 27, 2001
Government[2][3]
 • Mayor Claude Corbeil
 • Federal riding Saint-Hyacinthe—Bagot
 • Prov. riding Saint-Hyacinthe
Area[2][4]
 • City 191.60 km2 (73.98 sq mi)
 • Land 188.69 km2 (72.85 sq mi)
 • Metro[5] 326.76 km2 (126.16 sq mi)
Population (2011)[4]
 • City 53,236
 • Density 282.1/km2 (731/sq mi)
 • Metro[5] 56,794
 • Metro density 173.8/km2 (450/sq mi)
 • Pop 2006-2011 Increase 3.1%
 • Dwellings 25,774
Time zone EST (UTC−5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC−4)
Postal code(s) J2S
Area code(s) 450 and 579
Highways
A-20 / TCH

Route 116
Route 137
Route 224
Route 231
Route 235
Website www.ville.
st-hyacinthe.qc.ca
Former Mayors' Gateway

Saint-Hyacinthe (/ˌsnt jæˈsɛnt/; French: [sɛ̃tijasɛ̃t]) is a city in southwestern Quebec east of Montreal on the Yamaska River. The population as of the Canada 2011 Census was 53,236. The city is located in Les Maskoutains Regional County Municipality of the Montérégie region, and is traversed by the Yamaska River which flows perpendicular to Quebec Autoroute 20. Saint-Hyacinthe is the seat of the judicial district of the same name.[6]

History[edit]

At the time of its establishment in 1849, the village of Saint-Hyacinthe had a population of 10,200. A year later it was made a town, and in 1857 it was made a city. The city is named for Saint Hyacinth.

2001 Merger[edit]

As part of the 2000–2006 municipal reorganization in Quebec, on December 27, 2001, the city of Saint-Hyacinthe amalgamated with five neighbouring towns (listed here with their populations as of 2001):

Demographics[edit]

Population[edit]

Historical Census Data - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec[9]
Year Pop. ±%
1991 39,292 —    
1996 38,981 −0.8%
1996A 38,995 +0.0%
Year Pop. ±%
2001 38,739 −0.7%
2001M 50,394 +30.1%
2006 51,616 +2.4%
Year Pop. ±%
2011 53,236 +3.1%
(A) adjustment due to boundary change.
(M) merger with Sainte-Rosalie, Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin, Sainte-Rosalie Parish, Saint-Hyacinthe-le-Confesseur and Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Hyacinthe on Dec 27, 2001.

Language[edit]

Canada Census Mother Tongue - Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec[9]
Census Total
French
English
French & English
Other
Year Responses Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop % Count Trend Pop %
2011
51,695
49,235 Increase 2.2% 95.24% 425 Increase 46.6% 0.82% 210 Increase 68.0% 0.41% 1,825 Increase 32.7% 3.53%
2006
49,955
48,165 Increase 33.5% 96.42% 290 Increase 7.4% 0.58% 125 Increase 31.6% 0.25% 1,375 Increase 139.1% 2.75%
2001
37,025
36,085 Decrease 1.8% 97.46% 270 Decrease 27.0% 0.73% 95 Decrease 17.4% 0.26% 575 Increase 26.4% 1.55%
1996
37,670
36,730 n/a 97.50% 370 n/a 0.98% 115 n/a 0.31% 455 n/a 1.21%

Economy[edit]

Agriculture and its related derivates are at the heart of Saint-Hyacinthe's economic infrastructure. In addition, it is also home to Letourneau, the Casavant Frères pipe organ builders and Intact Financial, formerly known as Le Groupe Commerce.

Public transport[edit]

Sports[edit]

From 1989 to 1996 the city had a team in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League known as the Saint-Hyacinthe Laser. Currently the city is represented in the Ligue Nord-Americaine de Hockey by the Saint-Hyacinthe Top Design.

Government[edit]

Notable People[edit]

The following individuals were born or grew up in the region of St-Hyacinthe:

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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