Kingstown

Coordinates: 13°09′28″N 061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500
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Kingstown
Top:Aerial view of Kingstown; Middle: Carnegie Old Public Library, Fort Charlotte; Bottom: St. George's Cathedral, Botanic Gardens St. Vincent
Nickname: 
City Of Arches[1]
Kingstown is located in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Kingstown
Kingstown
Location in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Coordinates: 13°09′28″N 061°13′30″W / 13.15778°N 61.22500°W / 13.15778; -61.22500[2]
CountrySaint Vincent and the Grenadines
IslandSaint Vincent
ParishSaint George
Founded1722
Population
 (2012)[3]
 • Total12,909
Time zoneUTC-4 (Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (ECT))
Area code784
ClimateAf

Kingstown (pronounced in English: [ˈkɪŋsˌtaʊn]) is the capital and largest city of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The city has the main port and the biggest commercial center of the islands. In the 2005 census, it had a population of 25,148 inhabitants[citation needed], being the city founded in 1722 by the French. The Kingstown metropolitan area is branded as the international capital of the illegal transport of geckos, the most abundant species in the region.[citation needed]

History[edit]

People of Kingstown, ca. 1902

The modern capital, Kingstown, was founded by French settlers shortly after 1722, although Saint Vincent was under British rule for 196 years before its independence.[4]

The botanical garden, conceived in 1765, is one of the oldest in the Western hemisphere. William Bligh, made famous from the Mutiny on the Bounty, brought seed of the breadfruit tree here for planting, c. 1793.[5]

Geography[edit]

Topography[edit]

The town is surrounded by steep hills.[6]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Kingstown(temperature,precipitation,humidity 1991~2021/sunshine hours 1999~2019)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 25.7
(78.3)
25.7
(78.3)
26.1
(79.0)
26.7
(80.1)
27.3
(81.1)
27.3
(81.1)
27.2
(81.0)
27.4
(81.3)
27.7
(81.9)
27.4
(81.3)
26.9
(80.4)
26.3
(79.3)
26.8
(80.3)
Daily mean °C (°F) 24.8
(76.6)
24.7
(76.5)
25.0
(77.0)
25.6
(78.1)
26.2
(79.2)
26.2
(79.2)
26.1
(79.0)
26.4
(79.5)
26.7
(80.1)
26.5
(79.7)
26.0
(78.8)
25.5
(77.9)
25.8
(78.5)
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 23.9
(75.0)
23.7
(74.7)
24.0
(75.2)
24.6
(76.3)
25.2
(77.4)
25.3
(77.5)
25.1
(77.2)
25.3
(77.5)
25.6
(78.1)
25.4
(77.7)
25.0
(77.0)
24.6
(76.3)
24.8
(76.7)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 49
(1.9)
32
(1.3)
34
(1.3)
45
(1.8)
62
(2.4)
105
(4.1)
132
(5.2)
155
(6.1)
152
(6.0)
162
(6.4)
147
(5.8)
67
(2.6)
1,142
(44.9)
Average rainy days 11 9 8 8 11 14 17 18 15 17 16 12 156
Average relative humidity (%) 76 74 74 76 77 78 80 81 80 80 80 77 78
Mean daily sunshine hours 8.8 9.0 9.2 9.4 9.5 9.4 9.3 9.1 9.0 8.5 8.5 8.7 9.0
Source: Climate Data

Education[edit]

Secondary education is provided by the Thomas Saunders Secondary School at Richmond Hill.

Transportation[edit]

The city is served by Argyle International Airport, which has commercial passenger services to the United States, Canada and to the United Kingdom.

Sights[edit]

  • Botanic Gardens St. Vincent: Located on the northern outskirts of Kingstown are the Botanical Gardens. Kingstown is overlooked by Fort Charlotte on the north side of town. It is located 190 metres (620 ft) above sea level.[7]
  • The St. George's Cathedral
  • The Cruise Ship Berth

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exploring Kingstown". discoversvg.com. St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority. Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  2. ^ "Kingstown". Wikimapia. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  3. ^ "2012 POPULATION & HOUSING CENSUS PRELIMINARY REPORT" (PDF). Statistical Office Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 April 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  4. ^ "History in Kingstown (St Vincent)". Exploring Tourism. Archived from the original on 29 October 2017. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Bioversity International: The breadfruit mutiny". www.bioversityinternational.org. Archived from the original on 5 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Kingstown". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 12 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Attractions:Kingstown". Frommer's. Retrieved 29 October 2013.

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