Nova Scotia Population

nova-scotia-populationNova Scotia Population

According to recent calculations and estimates, the population of Nova Scotia is 921,727, making it the 2nd most densely populated province in Canada.

Currently, Nova Scotia’s population makes up approximately 2.8% of the Canadian national population.  With a 0.9% population growth, Nova Scotia is the seventh most populated Canadian province, after Ontario (1), Quebec (2), British Columbia (3), Alberta (4), and Manitoba (5), and Saskatchewan (6).

Nova Scotia Land Area

The land area is 55,284 km^2, or 21,345 mi^2, making Nova Scotia the second smallest province by land mass, after Prince Edward Island.

Nova Scotia makes up approximately 0.6% of Canada’s entire area and has a water area of 1,946 km^2, or 751 mi^2.

Nova Scotia Borders

The mainland of Nova Scotia is a peninsula surrounded by primarily the Atlantic Ocean.  Nova Scotia is surrounded by four major bodies of water: Gulf of St. Lawrence (north), Bay of Fundy (west), Gulf of Maine (southwest), and Atlantic Ocean (southeast).  Nova Scotia consists of Cape Breton Island and Stable Island, the latter being known for shipwrecks.  Although surrounded by the ocean, Nova Scotia’s climate is more continental than it is maritime.  However, the proximity to the ocean does contribute to the temperature extremes and cold winter/warm summer trends.

nova-scotia-population-capital-halifaxNova Scotia Capital

Halifax is the largest city and also the capital of Nova Scotia, with a population of 390,096 according to the 2011 Census.  Halifax is actually the largest city in eastern Canada.  Halifax has been ranked as the “4th best place to live in Canada in 2012,” and has placed first in “large cities by quality of life” and second in “large cities in North America of the future.”  Those who live in Halifax call themselves Haligonians.

Nova Scotia Federal Representation

Saskatchewan holds 11 of the 308 House of Commons seats, thus making up 3.6% of the total percentage.

Saskatchewan holds 10 of the 105 Senate Seats making up 9.5% of the total.

Nova Scotia Economic Statistics

Nova Scotia is a major economic center in eastern Canada, and has quite a concentration of private business and government buildings.  One of the main employers is the Department of National Defense of Canada and other various government departments.  The Port of Halifax contributes to prosperous economic trade.  However, agriculture, fishing, mining, forestry, and natural gas are all important major resources in the rural areas of Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia Historical Population Statistics

Year Population
1901 459,574
1911 492,338
1921 523,837
1931 512,846
1941 577,962
1951 642,584
1961 737,007
1971 788,965
1981 847,442
1991 899,942
1996 909,282
2001 908,007
2006 913,462
2011 921,727

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