The Town of Stratford is committed to building a strong local economy, preserving our heritage, celebrating our diverse culture and respecting the natural environment entrusted to us for present and future generations. Stratford is situated on a peninsula just south of Charlottetown, the provincial capital. Stratford is surrounded with magnificent water views bounded by Fullerton's Marsh, the Hillsborough River, Charlottetown Harbour and the Hillsborough Bay. The Trans -Canada Highway, connecting the eastern end of the province to Charlottetown, bisects the Town from east to west.
The Stratford area was first settled in the 1750s by Acadian families and early economic activities included farming, shipbuilding, and brick making. The Town of Stratford was created in 1995 from the former communities of Bunbury, Southport, Crossroads, Keppoch-Kinlock and the unincorporated area of Battery Point. Stratford covers a land area of 22 square kilometers (5,230 acres), and is a highly desirable, peaceful community with a rich rural heritage and high quality of life with a population density of 381 persons per square kilometer.
The landscape of the Stratford area varies greatly. The elevations rise to 88.7 meters along the southern coast of Stratford; there are also areas of high slope adjacent to several tributaries, rolling hills, flatlands, a significant number of watercourses and kilometers of coastline demonstrate the Town's broad spectrum of topography.
In 2011, the number of census families in Stratford was 2,575, which represents a change of 22.0% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period. In Stratford, 72.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses. After Canada's official languages of English and French, the three most common mother tongues are Chinese, Mandarin and Dutch.
Stratford is by no means a typical PEI or Atlantic Canadian community; its population is not declining but is in fact growing strongly with an influx of new residents. Stratford is favoured by the ongoing urbanization of the Island and has exhibited robust growth since its formation in the mid-1990s. Stratford is the fastest growing municipality in Prince Edward Island is the second fastest growing community in Atlantic Canada after Dieppe, NB. Now that the predominantly residential community has grown to more than 9,000 persons, a new commercial core is beginning to emerge and recent developments are creating a full service community. With current development in the core area, Stratford is ready for a significant increase in retail and commercial activity in our "downtown".
The quality of life in the town is enhanced by the pride that residents take in their properties, the abundance and accessibility of recreation programs, the proliferation of municipal parks, the beautiful views of water and pasture land, the number and variety of trees in the community and the community spirit that is evidenced by the high level of voluntarism and engagement of residents in decision making. – less–ZoomInfo