Low income by age

Statistics last updated April 29, 2013.

Number of People in Low Income by Age Group, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs 1992 Base, Nova Scotia

Persons in Low Income, by Age Group, After-Tax LICO
 Nova Scotia, 1976 to 2010

Key Points

  • In 2011, 64,000 Nova Scotians were living in low income situations (after-tax LICO). This is the lowest number of people on record (data is available back to 1976).
  • After some increases during the early 1990s, the number of people living in low income has been declining since the late 1990s.
Number of People in Low Income by Age Group, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs 1992 Base, Nova Scotia
All persons Persons under 18 years Persons 18 to 64 years Persons 65 years and over
1976 114,000 41,000 56,000 17,000
1977 110,000 34,000 56,000 20,000
1978 108,000 40,000 51,000 17,000
1979 102,000 32,000 49,000 21,000
1980 97,000 29,000 52,000 16,000
1981 100,000 31,000 54,000 15,000
1982 105,000 35,000 57,000 12,000
1983 103,000 36,000 58,000 9,000
1984 104,000 34,000 60,000 10,000
1985 101,000 35,000 55,000 11,000
1986 94,000 29,000 55,000 9,000
1987 92,000 29,000 57,000 7,000
1988 80,000 22,000 48,000 10,000
1989 87,000 26,000 53,000 8,000
1990 81,000 26,000 50,000 4,000
1991 99,000 34,000 57,000 8,000
1992 98,000 28,000 62,000 8,000
1993 111,000 37,000 67,000 7,000
1994 117,000 35,000 78,000 4,000
1995 124,000 38,000 79,000 7,000
1996 121,000 39,000 75,000 6,000
1997 127,000 40,000 82,000 5,000
1998 127,000 35,000 86,000 6,000
1999 103,000 25,000 73,000 5,000
2000 105,000 26,000 73,000 7,000
2001 96,000 27,000 65,000 4,000
2002 90,000 25,000 60,000 5,000
2003 102,000 27,000 68,000 6,000
2004 91,000 23,000 63,000 5,000
2005 78,000 17,000 57,000 4,000
2006 79,000 16,000 59,000 4,000
2007 75,000 15,000 56,000 4,000
2008 75,000 14,000 56,000 5,000
2009 73,000 14,000 54,000 5,000
2010 71,000 15,000 51,000 5,000
2011 64,000 13,000 47,000 4,000
Source
Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 202-0802.

 


Percentage of People in Low Income by Age Group, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs 1992 Base, Nova Scotia

Incidence of Low Income, by Age Group, After-Tax LICO
 Nova Scotia, 1976 to 2010

Key Points

  • In 2011, 7.0% of Nova Scotians were living in low income situations (after-tax LICO). This is the lowest incidence of low income on record (data is available back to 1976).
  • The proportion of children living in low income had also been decreasing, reaching the lowest point in 2008, when 7.8% of Nova Scotia kids were living in low income.
  • This rate increased slightly during the next two years, but has started to decrease again, reaching 8.0% in 2011. The rate of low income is lowest among people aged 65 and over. In 2011, 1.9% of seniors were living in low income situations.
Percentage of People in Low Income by Age Group, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs 1992 Base, Nova Scotia
All persons Children under 18 Persons aged 18 to 64 Persons aged 65+
1976 14.0% 14.9% 12.0% 22.3%
1977 13.4% 12.6% 11.9% 24.8%
1978 13.1% 15.1% 10.7% 20.7%
1979 12.3% 12.7% 10.1% 24.3%
1980 11.7% 11.8% 10.5% 18.3%
1981 12.1% 12.9% 10.8% 17.2%
1982 12.5% 14.8% 11.3% 13.1%
1983 12.2% 15.3% 11.2% 9.7%
1984 12.2% 14.6% 11.3% 10.7%
1985 11.7% 15.2% 10.4% 10.8%
1986 10.8% 12.7% 10.4% 9.2%
1987 10.6% 12.8% 10.5% 6.6%
1988 9.2% 9.7% 8.9% 9.9%
1989 9.9% 11.9% 9.6% 7.7%
1990 9.1% 11.7% 9.0% 4.2%
1991 11.1% 15.3% 10.2% 7.2%
1992 11.0% 12.6% 11.1% 7.1%
1993 12.3% 16.9% 11.8% 5.9%
1994 13.0% 16.1% 13.7% 3.8%
1995 13.7% 17.4% 13.9% 6.1%
1996 13.4% 18.3% 13.1% 5.6%
1997 14.0% 18.9% 14.2% 4.5%
1998 14.1% 16.8% 14.9% 5.3%
1999 11.4% 11.9% 12.6% 4.5%
2000 11.6% 12.6% 12.5% 5.7%
2001 10.6% 13.5% 11.1% 3.0%
2002 9.9% 12.7% 10.2% 4.1%
2003 11.2% 14.4% 11.5% 5.1%
2004 10.0% 12.0% 10.6% 4.2%
2005 8.6% 9.5% 9.5% 3.0%
2006 8.6% 8.9% 9.8% 2.9%
2007 8.2% 8.3% 9.4% 3.0%
2008 8.2% 7.8% 9.5% 3.5%
2009 8.0% 8.1% 9.0% 3.4%
2010 7.7% 8.9% 8.6% 3.1%
2011 7.0% 8.0% 8.0% 1.9%
Source
Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 202-0802.

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