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31 Things You Never Could Have Known About Montreal

You think you know, but you have no idea.
31 Things You Never Could Have Known About Montreal

Some people (myself included) consider themselves experts on all things Montreal. From restaurants, to history, to statistics, these self-proclaimed Montreal-experts seem to know it all. You probably know one, or are one yourself. Well, now it's time to put that claim to the test.

Compiling information gleaned from a large number of Montreal-based censuses, I've found a plethora of factoids, figures, and bits of info that is sure to surprise even the most knowledgeable of Montrealers.

Think I'm lying? Then just read my list of 31 things you never could have known about Montreal below. See how many you were actually aware of, and be honest now, because no one likes a smarty pants and a liar.

The total area for the island of Montreal is 500km2

Taking into account the entire area of Greater Montreal, that number jumps to 4047km2

Combining the temperatures of every month and season, the average temperature of Montreal is 6.8 degrees Celsius.

380 islands, both big and small, can be found in the Greater Montreal Area.

It takes 19 minutes of work in Montreal to afford to buy a Big Mac.

On the other hand, it takes 45 hours of work to buy an iPhone 4S 16 GO

On average, it costs $51 Canadian dollars to buy a meal at a restaurant in Montreal.

Far lower than the +$70 it costs in Toronto, New York, and Milan, if you think that's high.

Taking a cab in Montreal will cost you, on average, $12.88 Canadian.

The coldest month in Montreal is January, with an average temperature of -9.7 degrees Celsius.

Yeah, I thought it would be February too, but the shortest month of the year actually has a lower average temp of 77.7

71 different museum-related institutions are housed in the Greater Montreal area.

Breaking it down, there are 8 art museums, 20 history museums, 7 science museums, 14 "lieux d'interprétation d'histoire et science," and 22 exhibition centres

33% of the entire Greater Montreal population is made up of immigrants born in another country.

Over 270, 000 movies are screen in Montreal every year.

In 2012, 98,488 of those movies were in French, with the remaining 173, 365 in other languages.

The average Montrealer spends $1,545 on alcohol and tobacco every year.

Somehow that seems kinda low, but that's probably because the census isn't directed at 18-35 year olds.

57.7% of the Greater Montreal population know and understand both French and English.

The remainder accounts for only French-speakers (28&), only English-speakers (11.8%), and those who speak neither language (2.6%)

Out of the total population of Montrealers over the age of 15, 60.3% have a certificate, diploma, or completed post-secondary education.

The three largest employers in Montreal are McGill University, Bell Canada, and the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal.

But that's in the private sector, the city technically employ the most people in Montreal.

36% of Montrealers are married.

With 13% preferring to be together without a ring on it.

The largest amount of immigrants in Montreal come from from Italy and Haiti.

Both make up 7.4% of the immigrant population

It'll cost you (on average) $385,000 to buy a home in Montreal.

A total of 475,095 families live in Montreal as of 2011

With 98,050 being single parent families.

34,542 immigrants arrived in Montreal last year.

On the flip-side, 2,784 emigrants left.

When it comes to getting to work, 54% of all Montrealers use their car.

And only 3% bike.

In 1660, only 407 people lived on the island of Montreal.

A far cry from the 1,886,481 that were accounted for in the latest population census.

Of all the employment sectors in Montreal, Health and Social Assistance is where the most Montrealers work.

Over 20,000 automobile accidents occur in Montreal every single year.

There are far more tenants in Montreal than owners of property.

61% VS 39%, to be specific.

To buy a condo in Montreal, you should have about $367,500.

That was the average price in 2014.

Only 11.8% of the Greater Montreal population make $60k or more every year.

Be jealous.

In the last two year, Montreal welcomed over 9 million tourists.

And they spent a nice $2.7 billion while staying here.

Last year, 422.4 million people rode on the STM bus and metro networks.

From 2003 to 2013, the average number of deaths in Montreal is set at 14, 786

About 215,000 flights leave from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport every year.

Taking around 14 million passengers where they need to go.

500,000 people walk through the Montreal underground city/network every single day.

Information acquired via Montréal en statistiques

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