2016 Census

Posted at 1:59 pm on May 3, 2017

Latest census data shows that almost one in five Nova Scotians were 65 years of age or older.  That mirrors figures posted elsewhere in Atlantic Canada, making this region recording the highest proportion of seniors in its population. Some counties in Northeastern Nova Scotia saw the percentage even higher.
Most counties locally ranged from between 20 to 25 per cent of its population were seniors.  However, two counties were even higher, with 27.7 per cent of residents in Richmond County were 65 and older, while in Guysborough County it was 31.1
The average age of the population locally ranges from a low of 43 in Antigonish County to 50 in Guysborough County.
Analysts say the birth rate is falling and young people are moving away from Atlantic Canada, while seniors are moving in from other regions, seeking a slower pace of life and lower cost of living.

Posted at 1:29 pm on February 8, 2017

Figures from the 2016 census show populations of communities in Northeastern Nova Scotia are declining. 
There are 19-thousand 301 residents in Antigonish Town and County, a drop of one and half percent from the last census in 2011.  Antigonish Town’s population has dipped 3.5 per cent to 43-hundred and 64.
Guysborough County’s population fell 6.4 per cent to just over 76-hundred, while in Pictou County, it dropped 4.2 per cent to 43-thousand, 748.  All Pictou County Towns also posted declines, ranging from 4.5 percent for Westville to 7.3 per cent for the Town of Pictou.
Inverness County saw its number dip by four per cent.  The Town of Port Hawkesbury posted a drop of 4.5 per cent to 32-hundred and 14.  Richmond County saw its population drop by 3.5 per cent.  Victoria County’s population dropped by less that half a percent.