Kingston is a city in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the eastern end of Lake Ontario, at the beginning of the St. Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Cataraqui River (south end of the Rideau Canal). The city is midway between Toronto, and Montreal. The Thousand Islands tourist region is nearby to the east. Kingston is nicknamed the "Limestone City" because of the many heritage buildings constructed using local limestone. Kingston is a separate municipality from the County of Frontenac.
Kingston's economy relies heavily on public sector institutions and establishments. The most important sectors are related to health care, higher education (Queen's University, the Royal Military College of Canada, and St. Lawrence College), government (including the military and correctional services), tourism and culture. Manufacturing, and research and development play a smaller role than in the past. The private sector accounts for half of Kingston's employment. One of Kingston's major industrial employers of the 20th century, the Canadian Locomotive Company, closed in 1969, and the former Alcan and DuPont operations employ far fewer people than in the past. But due to the city's central location between Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Syracuse, NY a trucking and logistics warehousing industry has developed.
The major employers in Kingston include: Canadian Forces Base Kingston (includes the Royal Military College of Canada and military and civilian personnel), Queen's University, Kingston General Hospital , Limestone District School Board, Correctional Service of Canada, City of Kingston, Providence Care, Hotel Dieu Hospital , Invista Canada, StarTek Canada, Calian Group, Empire Life Insurance Company, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Ongwanada, J. E. Agnew Food Services Ltd. (Tim Hortons stores), Bell Canada, Novelis Works Manufacturing (Rolled Products and R&D Centre), Tim Horton's Inc. Distribution Centre, Commissionaires Canada , Assurant Solutions.
Kingston has a population of over 178,823 people. Kingston is the #276 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 2.8829 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores per 100,000 city residents.