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St. Anthony is a town on the northern reaches of the Great Northern Peninsula of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. Anthony serves as a main service centre for northern Newfoundland and southern Labrador. St. Anthony and surrounding area has an approximate population of 4,330. The population of the town itself was 2,418 in 2011, compared with 2,476 in 2006 and 2,730 in 2001.DemographicsAccording to the Canada 2011 Census:Population, 2011: 2,418Population, 2006: 2,476Population, 2001: 2,730Population, 1996: 2,996Population, 1991: 3,1642006 to 2011 population change: -2.3%2001 to 2006 population change: -9.3%1996 to 2001 population change: -8.9%1991 to 1996 population change: -5.3%Land (square kilometers): 37.02Median household income: $45,103HistoryThe history of European settlement of St. Anthony reaches back to the early 16th century, when French and Basque fishermen used the well-sheltered harbour as a seasonal fishing station. By the time explorer Jacques Cartier came across the settlement in 1534, he reported it was named St. Anthony Haven.More people began arriving in the mid-19th century. By 1857, a census found 71 inhabitants in 10 families. By 1874, the population rose to 110, and by 1891, it was 139.
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