Nova Scotia


Facts and Figures:

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Census Metropolitan Area (aka CMA), consists of nearly 100 municipalities, including Montréal, Laval and Longueuil


The metropolitan area had a 2010 estimated population of 403,188. Halifax is the largest population centre in Atlantic Canada.

Age Breakdown:

49% under age 35;
15,8% between 25-34;
7.5% between 20-24;
6.5% between 15-19

Median Family Income:

$ 58,262

Halifax is a major economic centre in eastern Canada with a large concentration of government services and private sector companies. Major employers and economic generators include the Department of National Defence, various levels of government, and the Port of Halifax. Agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry and natural gas extraction are major resource industries found in the rural areas of HRM.

Halifax is significantly influenced by the six university campuses within the city and has the highest percentage of students per capita of any city in Canada. The diversity of culture, combined with the city's vibrant music and arts scene, make Halifax a popular destination for international students from around the world, as well as from across Canada. Students in this city and province look for ongoing education options and advanced degrees.

Average income for Nova Scotia ranks highest among the Maritime Provinces. For the Halifax area, the average family income $58,262, well above the Canadian average. The cost of living in Nova Scotia is quite affordable, falling below the Canadian average. Combined with the comfortable average salary in the province, Nova Scotians can afford a very high standard of living.