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Country: Canada
Province: Nova Scotia
Watershed: Lahave


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  • Demographics
  • Income
  • Education
  • Households
  • Labour

Population

Based on the 2011 Census of Population, Lahave has a population of 21,907 which is 1.4% higher than in 2001. In 2011, 18.7% of the population was under the age of 20 and 20.8% was 65 years or older.1

In comparison, Nova Scotia has a population of 921,725 which is 1.5% higher than in 2001. 21.2% of the population was under the age of 20 and 16.6% was 65 years or older.1
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Family Structure

In Nova Scotia, family structure has shifted from the traditional larger married families to smaller married families and an increase in both common-law and lone-parent families.1

In 2011, for Lahave, total census families increased 1.4% to 6,859. Married families decreased by 2.4% while common law families increased 16.1% and lone-parent families increased 16.5%. Lone female parent families were 10.6% of all families while lone male parents were 3.2% of all families.1

In Nova Scotia, total census families increased 2.7% to 270,065. Married families increased by -2.1% while common law families increased 28.3% and lone-parent families increased 5.9%. Lone female parent families were 13.9% of all families while lone male parents were 3.4% of all families.1
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Citizenship & Mobility

Compared to Nova Scotia, Lahave has a relatively low immigrant population. In 2011, there were 763 immigrants which is 3.6% of the population compared to 5.3% immigrants for Nova Scotia. In Lahave, 98.2% of people were Canadian citizens compared to 97.6% for Nova Scotia.2

81% of Lahave's population was born in the province of their residence.2
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In Lahave, 27.9% of the population moved within the last five years. 12.6% moved within the municipality, 9.6% moved within the Province, 3.6% moved within Canada, and 0.8% moved outside of Canada. A lower percentage of residents moved in the last five years than in Nova Scotia (33.2%).2
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Language

In Lahave, 98.7% speak only English in the home. This compares to 95.4% respectively for Nova Scotia. 0.3% of people in Lahave speak only French at home and 0% speak French and English at home. For Nova Scotia, 1.7% speak only French at home, while 0.2% speak English and French at home.1
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1.1% of people in Lahave report that French is their mother tongue. This compares to 3.4% for Nova Scotia. 5.7% of people in Lahave report that they have knowledge of both French and English, compared to 10.3% for Nova Scotia.199.4% of people in Lahave report that English is the primary languge spoken at work. This compares to 97.9% for Nova Scotia.

0.1% of people in Lahave report that French is the primary languge spoken at work, compared to 1.3% for Nova Scotia.2
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Median and Average Income

In 2011, the median income for individuals in Lahave was $25,132 a year, compared with the median of $27,570 for Nova Scotia. Families in Lahave had a median income of $59,911, compared with the median of $68,102 for Nova Scotia.2
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In 2011, the average income for individuals in Lahave was $31,165 a year, compared with the average of $35,478 for Nova Scotia. Families in Lahave had a average income of $68,384, compared with the average of $79,838 for Nova Scotia.2

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Low Income

A total of 20% of the population in private households in Lahave had low income status in 2011. In Nova Scotia, 17.4% of the population in private households had low income status in 2011.2
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Educational Attainment

In 2011, 50.5% of the population of Lahave, age 15 and over, had a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. In Nova Scotia, 53.8% have completed a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.2

At the same time, 27.7% had no certiciate, diploma or degree. 22.3% of Nova Scotia had no certiciate, diploma or degree.2
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Location of Study

In Lahave, 47.5% of the population studied for their post-secondary certificate inside of Canada, as compared to 2.2% who studied outside of Canada. 39.5% studied within their province or territory of residence, while 7.8% studied in another province or territory.2

In Nova Scotia, 50.5% of the population studied for their post-secondary certificate inside of Canada, as compared to 3.3% who studied outside of Canada. 40.7% studied within their province or territory of residence, while 9.8% studied in another province or territory.2


Occupied Dwellings

In 2011, 79.9% of the population of Lahave owned their dwellings and 18.8% rented, this compared with 70.8% and 28.7% for Nova Scotia respectively. In Lahave, 90.2% of dwellings required regular maintenance or minor repairs in 2011.2
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The average value of dwellings in the area was $177,469 in 2011. Average major monthly payments for homeowners was $751 in 2011. Average monthly rent in Lahave was $506/month in 2011.2

In Nova Scotia, the average value of dwellings in the area was $201,991 in 2011. Average major monthly payments for homeowners was $876 in 2011. Average monthly rent in Nova Scotia was $771/month in 2011.2

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Household Living Arrangements

There were 17,873 persons living in families in 2011, which is a decrease of 1.5% from 2001. 1.3% of persons were living with relatives, 3.4% were living with non-relatives, and 11.9% were living alone. In Nova Scotia there were 742,285 persons living in families in 2011, which is a decrease of 1.2% from 2001. 1.9% of persons were living with relatives, 4.1% were living with non-relatives, and 12% were living alone.1
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Employment

In 2011, the employment rate for Lahave residents aged 15 and over was 52.5%, and the unemployment rate for Lahave was 9.2%.2

In Nova Scotia, the employment rate for residents aged 15 and over was 56.8%, and the unemployment rate was 10%.2
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Transportation

In 2011, 92.4% of the Lahave population make use of a vechicle (car/truck/van) to get to work, 0.2% use public transit, 0% bicycle to work, and 3.4% walk to work. In Nova Scotia, 84.6% of the population make use of a vehicle to get to work, 6.6% use public transit, 0.7% bicycle to work, and 6.8% walk to work.2

The majority of Lahave's population leaves for work between 7 and 9:00 am in the morning. The median duration of the commute to work is 16 minutes.2
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Source:
1 - Nova Scotia Community Counts web page - data modeled from Statistics Canada, Census of Population, 2001, 2011.
2 - Nova Scotia Community Counts web page - data modeled from Statistics Canada, National Household Survey, 2011.