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Country: Canada
Province: Nova Scotia
Watershed: Musquodoboit


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  • Demographics
  • Income
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Population

Based on the 2011 Census of Population, Musquodoboit has a population of 27,846 which is 7.4% higher than in 2001. In 2011, 23.6% of the population was under the age of 20 and 11.8% 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 Musquodoboit, total census families increased 7.4% to 8,727. Married families increased by 5.1% while common law families increased 37.0% and lone-parent families increased 14.4%. Lone female parent families were 12.2% 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, Musquodoboit has a relatively low immigrant population. In 2011, there were 909 immigrants which is 3.3% of the population compared to 5.3% immigrants for Nova Scotia. In Musquodoboit, 98.7% of people were Canadian citizens compared to 97.6% for Nova Scotia.2

76.3% of Musquodoboit's population was born in the province of their residence.2
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In Musquodoboit, 23.6% of the population moved within the last five years. 16% moved within the municipality, 1.2% moved within the Province, 4.8% moved within Canada, and 0.4% 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 Musquodoboit, 98% speak only English in the home. This compares to 95.4% respectively for Nova Scotia. 1.1% of people in Musquodoboit speak only French at home and 0.2% 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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2.8% of people in Musquodoboit report that French is their mother tongue. This compares to 3.4% for Nova Scotia. 9.6% of people in Musquodoboit report that they have knowledge of both French and English, compared to 10.3% for Nova Scotia.199.1% of people in Musquodoboit report that English is the primary languge spoken at work. This compares to 97.9% for Nova Scotia.

0% of people in Musquodoboit 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 2006, the median income for individuals in Musquodoboit was $30,162 a year, compared with the median of $24,030 for Nova Scotia. Families in Musquodoboit had a median income of $66,019, compared with the median of $55,412 for Nova Scotia.1
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In 2006, the average income for individuals in Musquodoboit was $34,382 a year, compared with the average of $31,795 for Nova Scotia. Families in Musquodoboit had a average income of $70,911, compared with the average of $66,032 for Nova Scotia.1

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Educational Attainment

In 2011, 53.4% of the population of Musquodoboit, 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, 22.2% 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 Musquodoboit, 51.6% of the population studied for their post-secondary certificate inside of Canada, as compared to 1.2% who studied outside of Canada. 41.7% studied within their province or territory of residence, while 9.6% 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 2006, 92.6% of the population of Musquodoboit owned their dwellings and 7.6% rented, this compared with 72% and 27.6% for Nova Scotia respectively. In Musquodoboit, 39.8% of dwellings required either major or minor repairs in 2006, as compared to 39.3% in 1996.1
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The average value of dwellings in the area increased 90.9% between 1996 and 2006 to $173,787. Average major monthly payments for homeowners was $861 in 2006, compared with $643 in 1996. Average monthly rent in Musquodoboit decreased from $488/month in 1996 to $330/month in 2006.1

In Nova Scotia, the average value of dwellings in the area increased 82.5% between 1996 and 2006 to $158,000. Average major monthly payments for homeowners was $761 in 2006, compared with $562 in 1996. Average monthly rent in Nova Scotia increased from $538/month in 1996 to $671/month in 2006.1
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Household Living Arrangements

There were 24,648 persons living in families in 2011, which is an increase of 22.1% from 2001. 1.9% of persons were living with relatives, 2.4% were living with non-relatives, and 6.7% 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 Musquodoboit residents aged 15 and over was 63.5%, and the unemployment rate for Musquodoboit was 5.2%.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, 90.9% of the Musquodoboit population make use of a vechicle (car/truck/van) to get to work, 3.2% use public transit, 0% bicycle to work, and 1.1% 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 Musquodoboit's population leaves for work between 7 and 9:00 am in the morning. The median duration of the commute to work is 28 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.