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Moncton counted 71,889 residents in the 2016 census. This is the largest city in New Brunswick by population and size; the municipality has a total land area of 142 km2 (55 sq mi). Situated in the Petitcodiac River Valley, Moncton lies at the geographic centre of the Maritime Provinces. The underpinnings of the local economy are based on the city’s heritage as a commercial, distribution, transportation, and retailing center. Moncton is considered the “Hub City” of the Atlantic provinces due to its central inland location in the region, and its history as a railway and land transportation hub for the Maritimes. Moncton has the largest catchment area in Atlantic Canada with 1.6 million people living within a three-hour drive of the city. Moncton became Canada’ss first officially bilingual city in 2002. The local economy is driven by the information technology industry, educational, and health care. The city has two hospitals employing over five thousand people. City of Moncton is comprised of four Wards with two City Councillors representing each Ward. There are also two Councillor-at-Large positions that represent the city as a whole. Elections take place every four years with residents of each Ward voting for a Mayor, two Ward Councillors and two Councillors-at-Large. There is an extensive system of hiking and biking trails in Metro Moncton. The most popular park in the area is Centennial Park, which contains an artificial beach, lighted cross-country skiing and hiking trails, the city’s largest playground, lawn bowling and tennis facilities, a boating pond, a treetop adventure course, and Rocky Stone Field, a city owned 2,500 seat football stadium. The Riverfront Trail is part of the Trans Canada Trail system, and various monuments and pavilions can be found along its length.