The current population of the Halifax Regional Municipality is estimated to be greater than 390,096, which is an increase of about 8.6% from the last record of the population in the 2001 census. The Halifax Regional Municipality was formed in the year 1996 after the former city of Halifax was disbanded, and it is also the capital city of the Nova Scotia Province. This city is considered the largest city in Canada east of Quebec City. Based on the total land area and the total population of the city, the population density of the Halifax Regional Municipality is about 184 people per square mile.
Economy of Halifax
The real gross domestic product of Halifax for 2013 is estimated to be about $15.035 billion, which is a 1.4% increase from the real GDP in 2012. While the labor force has shown a 0.3% increase over the last year, the unemployment rate has also seen a 0.3% increase to 6.5%. The largest employer in the Halifax Regional Municipality is the government, specifically the Department of National Defense. Halifax is home to Canada’s largest naval base and the most populated military base in the country. Another large employer is the port in Halifax Harbor. The main industries of the economy include agriculture, fishing, and forestry.
Tallest Building in Halifax
Fenwick Tower is the tallest building in Halifax at 33 stories, and 275 units, it is the tallest residential structure built east of Montreal. Fenwick Tower occupies a property between Fenwick Street and South Street, in the heart of south end Halifax. Located only 5 minute walk from Spring Garden Road, Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, VG Hospital, major grocery, restaurants and video stores, Fenwick Place ensures you will be in the heart of Halifax.
Local lore suggests that the top two floors of the building were designed to contain a swimming pool; however, the pool was never completed. Again, local lore suggests that engineers and architects never took into account the weight of water in the pool, so it was unable to be filled. The top-floor swimming pool is one of the more popular myths about Fenwick Tower. In fact, after taking over the project, Dalhousie decided that the cost of installing repeater pumps throughout the building to pump the water to the top would be prohibitively expensive, and scrapped the idea of the pool before construction reached that phase.
Museums in Halifax
The Halifax Regional Municipality is the home to the oldest and largest maritime museum in all of Canada, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Men from the Royal Canadian Navy that wanted something to be able to tell the history of the Canadian navy started the museum. The museum has endured many hardships as it has moved locations many times, but since 1982, the museum has been located on the Halifax Waterfront near some shipyards.
Halifax is also home to the Museum of Natural History, which, similarly to the Maritime Museum, has encountered multiple relocations of the physical museum. The building that the museum moved to became the official main building in 1993. This museum is home to many exhibits relating to archeology, ethnology, and all sorts of animals. The museum seeks to collect items that have made significant impacts on the culture and also those things that make the land more beautiful.
Sports in Halifax
While the Halifax Regional Municipality does not have any professional sports, the city still has many successful teams that play in minor leagues and other non-professional leagues. The most successful team is the Dartmouth Moosehead Dry, which participate in the Nova Scotia Senior Baseball League. This team plays on Beazley Field and has won 13 championships since the team was started in 1990. Another successful team is the Halifax Rugby Football Club, which participates in the Rugby Nova Scotia League. The team plays on Graves Oakley, Wanderers Grounds and has won 7 championships since the team was established in 1958.
Historical Population of Halifax
Throughout the course of history, including before the amalgamation to form the Halifax Regional Municipality, the population of Halifax has shown significant growth every decade. There have been periods of much larger growth than others; however, the population has continuously increased over the course of the last century.
Projected Population of Halifax
The population of the Halifax Regional Municipality is projected to continue the increasing trend of population growth over the next 13 years. The net natural increase is expected to remain positive, which is a contributing factor to this positive growth. However, as the years progress, the number of deaths per year is projected to increase, causing a decrease in the net natural increase per year.