Why do I get such a disproportional number of visitors from Mount Pearl, a small city in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada? Is there something on the Twelve Mile Circle that resonates with its 25,000 residents, or are there a handful of amazingly dedicated readers who happen to live there and stop by the Twelve Mile Circle repeatedly.
I am sure there are numerous web traffic anomalies similar to this in my logs. However this one is much more noticeable than the rest. Mount Pearl sits way out along Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, just a stone’s throw from Canada’s (and North America’s) easternmost point at Cape Spear. It practically jumps from a web traffic map because it doesn’t get hidden amid any of the clutter.
That’s Mount Pearl, Right There, Standing All Alone
Mount Pearl sounds like a wonderful place. Their website boasts,
Mount Pearl…“A City Within A Park” – Enjoy over 60 parks, playgrounds, multi-purpose areas and numerous outdoor/indoor community and sports facilities throughout Mount Pearl’s neighborhoods. All parks and facilities, as well as Admiralty House Museum & Archives, are linked through a 70 kilometer beautiful forested walkway system.
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Wait. What about Saint John’s? It’s the capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador, and it surrounds Mount Pearl on three sides. It also has four times as many people. I don’t dispute those statistics but Mount Pearl generates four times more Internet traffic for my website than Saint John’s so clearly something is going on here. I do realize that IP geolocation isn’t an exact science so maybe the preponderance of Mount Pearl traffic actually originated in Saint John’s. I don’t know.
I also couldn’t discern much of a pattern. It been a steady, constant volume each day that didn’t seem to favor any specific page or topic. I saw no spikes or surges and I saw very few days where traffic fell to zero. The mystery continues.
The St. John’s metropolitan area, which includes Mt. Pearl, ranks 20th in Canadian population. It ranks 9th for cities in Canada visiting my website. Clearly the residents of eastern Newfoundland enjoy geo-oddities in a manner that’s way out of proportion with the rest of Canada. They should be congratulated for their discerning tastes.