ⓘ Queens County, Prince Edward Island
Queens County is a county in the province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. It is the largest county in the province by population with 82.017, land area, and highest average income. Charlottetown is the county seat of Queens County, and is the largest city and the capital of Prince Edward Island.
The County is located in Central Prince Edward Island, and the geography varies from relatively flat plains to rolling hills in the heart of the interior lands known as the Bonshaw hills. The coastline of Sandstone cliffs and sandy beaches, with many secluded coves on the St. Lawrence and the Northumberland Strait of the Gulf. The most important geographical feature of Queens County-the Hillsborough river and its extensive estuary, which practically cuts in the district and in Prince Edward island twice.
Queens County was formed in 1765 and was named by captain Samuel Holland in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitsky, then Queen consort of the United Kingdom. Historically, the Countys economy was primarily agricultural, like the rest of Prince Edward island. Today the district is characterized by urban sprawl that extends from Charlottetown in the centre of the County regions, the most dominant, in many rural areas of the County in Charlottetown census agglomeration and outside it is faced with increasing pressure to share and the development of suburbs and satellite towns. Stratford, on the outskirts of the city, located to the Southeast across the Hillsborough river, is the third largest community in Prince Edward Island. Queens County is the only County in Prince Edward Island that experienced population growth since 2011, with a change of 5.3% from 77.866 recorded in the canadian census of 2011.