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St. Thomas is located approximately south of London on Highway 401. Driving time between the municipal boundaries of London and St. Thomas is only seven minutes, or roughly 25 minutes between the cores of both cities. There are five main Canada-U.S. border crossings nearby. The border crossing between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan is only 110 kilometres distant to the west. The Detroit/Windsor boundary is roughly 185 kilometres to the southwest, while the Buffalo/Fort Erie border is 215 kilometres to the east.
According to the 2016 national census, the city’s population was 38,909. The population is expected to be 43,276 in 2019 and is rising at a 0.52 percent yearly pace. Between the 2011 and 2016 national censuses, the 5-year growth rate was 2.6 percent. The local population, including the immediately surrounding suburban regions, is around 56,000 people.
The average age of residents is 40.7 years, which is virtually similar to the national average of 40.6 years. St. Thomas is part of the London Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), which is Canada’s 11th biggest market. In the 2016 census, the total population of the CMA was 494,069. With growing population houses for sale St Thomas has seen significant recent activity and grow in the diversity of the city.
Prior to the introduction of railroads and, subsequently, manufacturing enterprises, St. Thomas was solely an agricultural centre. St. Thomas, located at the north coast of Lake Erie and halfway between Detroit and Buffalo, became a transportation centre connecting the Windsor – Niagara area of Canada to the northeastern United States via rail lines. Between 1856 and 1957, St. Thomas had approximately 25 million railway passengers come and go, and through the city, as well as an equivalent amount of freight.
Eight railways were operational in 1914, with more than 100 trains per day bringing jobs and economic development. Today, the railway heritage, in addition to the service offered to local industries, is the focus of tourism. The dieselization of the railways resulted in a decrease in employment and activity, which corresponded with attempts to see the community become a manufacturing centre.
In recent times St Thomas remains committed to being a manufacturing powerhouse within the region and promote market quality and talents of the local workforce.
Summer temperatures average 25.3 degrees Celsius on a daily basis (77.5 degrees F). In the winter, the average daily maximum temperature is 2.0 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees F). In our location, the yearly volume of precipitation is considered modest. The average annual rainfall is 939 mm (36.9”). The average yearly snowfall is just 108 cm (42”). The St Thomas region has one of the longest growing seasons in Canada making houses for sale St Thomas that much more exciting to look forward to.
The Thames Valley District School Board and the London District Catholic School Board run the majority of our area’s primary and secondary schools. There are 18 elementary schools and 6 secondary schools in and around St. Thomas. There are a few private schools that function apart from the public and Catholic education system.
St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital has 157 acute and chronic care beds, is full-service, has a 24-hour emergency unit, and employs over 850 people. It is situated at 189 Elm Street. The hospital recently finished a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project that included new emergency care facilities, a new suite of surgery and operating room facilities, and urgent-care psychiatric/mental health services.
Monday through Saturday, municipal buses service all sections of the city. All in-city routes connect at a hub in front of the Walmart parking lot. Details on routes and schedules are available at City Hall or the downtown St. Thomas Bus Depot, 614 Talbot Street. The St. Thomas Para-Transit system runs on a six-day week. Riders of Para-Transit must be registered users and applications are available at the Environmental Services Department.