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Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census

Census subdivision of East Hants, MD - Nova Scotia 1

Map of East Hants, MD (shaded in green), Nova Scotia

Map of East Hants, MD

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Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A: East Hants, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Chart A description: East Hants, MD - Population, 2011 and 2006 censuses

Prov. rank
4
Nat. rank
181

In 2011, East Hants (Municipal district) had a population of 22,111, representing a percentage change of 3.3% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

Land area is 1,786.47 square kilometres with a population density of 12.4 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

In 2011, East Hants (Municipal district) had 8,550 private dwellings occupied by usual residents. The change in private dwellings occupied by usual residents from 2006 was 5.9%. For Canada as a whole, the number of private dwellings occupied by usual residents increased 7.1%.

Population and dwelling counts

East Hants (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions

Table 1 East Hants (Municipal district) – Neighbouring census subdivisions, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
West Hants, N.S. MD 14,165 13,871 A 2.1
Indian Brook 14, N.S. IRI 1,084 1,014 6.9
Halifax, N.S. RGM 390,096 372,679 4.7
Colchester, Subd. C, N.S. SC 13,339 13,312 0.2
Stewiacke, N.S. T 1,438 1,421 1.2
Colchester, Subd. B, N.S. SC 19,643 19,297 1.8
Colchester, Subd. A, N.S. SC 3,642 3,525 3.3

Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth

Table 2 Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the highest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Antigonish, Subd. A SC 8,253 7,730 6.8
Kentville T 6,094 5,815 4.8
Halifax RGM 390,096 372,679 4.7
Bridgewater T 8,241 7,944 3.7
East Hants MD 22,111 21,397 A 3.3

Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth

Table 3 Nova Scotia – Census subdivisions with 5,000-plus population with the lowest population growth, population change, 2006 to 2011
Census subdivision (CSD) name CSD type Population
2011 2006 % change
Inverness, Subd. A SC 5,280 5,859 -9.9
Digby MD 7,463 7,986 -6.5
Yarmouth T 6,761 7,162 -5.6
Clare MD 8,319 8,813 -5.6
Kings, Subd. D SC 5,201 5,499 -5.4

Age and sex

East Hants, MD – Age distribution

Table 4 East Hants, MD – Age distributions by broad age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
0 to 14 18.0% 18.6% 17.3%
15 to 64 70.0% 69.9% 70.1%
65 and over 12.0% 11.5% 12.6%

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in East Hants, MD was 12.0%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 70.0% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 18.0%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.

East Hants, MD – Population by broad age groups and sex

Table 5 East Hants, MD – Population by broad age groups, sex and population change between 2006 and 2011, 2006 to 2011 censuses
Broad age groups by sex Population
2011 2006 change % change
Both sexes
Total 22,110 21,395 715 3.3
0 to 14 3,970 4,065 -95 -2.3
15 to 64 15,485 14,900 585 3.9
65 and over 2,655 2,430 225 9.3
Males
Total 11,060 10,785 275 2.5
0 to 14 2,055 2,125 -70 -3.3
15 to 64 7,735 7,485 250 3.3
65 and over 1,270 1,175 95 8.1
Females
Total 11,050 10,605 445 4.2
0 to 14 1,915 1,935 -20 -1.0
15 to 64 7,750 7,420 330 4.4
65 and over 1,390 1,250 140 11.2

East Hants, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex

Table 6 East Hants, MD – Population by five-year age groups and sex, 2011 Census
Age groups Both sexes Males Females
Total - Age groups 22,110 11,060 11,050
0 to 4 years 1,260 655 605
5 to 9 years 1,310 670 645
10 to 14 years 1,400 735 665
15 to 19 years 1,510 805 700
20 to 24 years 1,120 610 515
25 to 29 years 1,055 505 550
30 to 34 years 1,320 625 695
35 to 39 years 1,560 755 800
40 to 44 years 1,795 865 930
45 to 49 years 1,975 990 990
50 to 54 years 1,945 950 995
55 to 59 years 1,710 845 870
60 to 64 years 1,485 780 700
65 to 69 years 950 480 475
70 to 74 years 705 360 345
75 to 79 years 470 210 260
80 to 84 years 335 150 180
85 years and over 195 65 130
Median age 41.3 40.9 41.8

East Hants, MD – Median age2 of the population

In 2011, the median age in East Hants, MD was 41.3 years. In comparison, the median age of Nova Scotia was 43.7 years.

Table 7 Canada, Nova Scotia and East Hants, MD – Median age, 2006 and 2011 censuses
  Median age
2006 2011
Canada 39.5 40.6
Nova Scotia 41.8 43.7
East Hants, MD 40.0 41.3

Families and households

In 2011, the number of census families3 in East Hants was 6,800, which represents a change of 3.3% from 2006. This compares to a growth rate for Canada of 5.5% over the same period.


In East Hants, 72.1% of census families were married couples in 2011, while 14.8% were common-law-couples and 13.0% were lone-parent families.

East Hants – Family structure

Table 8 Canada, Nova Scotia, CSD of East Hants, MD and neighbouring census subdivisions – Distribution of census families by family structure, 2011 Census
Geographic name Total families Married-couple families Common-law-couple families Lone-parent families % change, census families, 2006 to 2011
number % number % number %
Canada  9,389,695 6,293,950 67.0 1,567,905 16.7 1,527,840 16.3 5.5
Nova Scotia 270,065 184,870 68.5 38,460 14.2 46,735 17.3 1.0
East Hants, MD 6,800 4,905 72.1 1,005 14.8 885 13.0 3.3
West Hants, MD 4,535 3,195 70.5 755 16.6 590 13.0 2.6
Indian Brook 14, IRI 295 65 22.0 45 15.3 185 62.7 9.3
Halifax, RGM 109,690 74,425 67.9 16,920 15.4 18,340 16.7 4.3
Colchester, Subd. C, SC 4,210 2,945 70.0 645 15.3 620 14.7 2.8
Stewiacke, T 430 285 66.3 60 14.0 90 20.9 1.2
Colchester, Subd. B, SC 6,005 4,285 71.4 800 13.3 920 15.3 2.8
Colchester, Subd. A, SC 1,135 825 72.7 160 14.1 145 12.8 1.8

East Hants – Presence of children within couple families

Among couples (married and common-law) in the census subdivision of East Hants, 45.0% were couples with children aged 24 and under at home. In comparison, as a whole, 46.9% of couples in Canada had children aged 24 and under at home.

Presence of children within couple families
* Children aged 24 and under at home
Married couples with children * 2,255
Married couples without children * 2,655
Common-law-couples with children * 405
Common-law-couples without children * 605

East Hants – Marital status

In East Hants, 65.6% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (54.5%) or living with a common-law partner (11.1%).

The remaining 34.4% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Table 9 Canada, Nova Scotia, East Hants, MD – Population 15 years and older by marital status, 2011 Census
Marital status East Hants, MD Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Population 15 years and over 18,140 100.0 783,510 100.0 27,869,345 100.0
Married or living with a common-law partner 11,900 65.6 453,095 57.8 16,084,490 57.7
Married (and not separated) 9,880 54.5 376,020 48.0 12,941,965 46.4
Living common-law 2,020 11.1 77,075 9.8 3,142,525 11.3
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 6,240 34.4 330,420 42.2 11,784,855 42.3
Single (never legally married) 4,045 22.3 209,180 26.7 7,816,045 28.0
Separated 485 2.7 23,545 3.0 698,245 2.5
Divorced 865 4.8 46,060 5.9 1,686,035 6.0
Widowed 850 4.7 51,625 6.6 1,584,525 5.7

East Hants – Types of private households

There were 8,550 private households4 in East Hants in 2011, a change of 5.8% from 2006. Of these, 30.5% of households were comprised of couples with children aged 24 and under at home, a change of 0.2% compared with five years earlier.

Table 10 Canada, Nova Scotia, East Hants, MD – Distribution of households by household type, 2011 Census
Household type5 East Hants, MD Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total private households 8,550 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Couple-family households with children
aged 24 and under at home6
2,605 30.5 88,450 22.7 3,524,915 26.5
Couple-family households without children
aged 24 and under at home7
3,095 36.2 128,065 32.8 3,935,540 29.5
Lone-parent family households8 775 9.1 42,445 10.9 1,375,450 10.3
One-person households 1,665 19.5 108,795 27.9 3,673,310 27.6
Multiple family households9 160 1.9 5,495 1.4 268,060 2.0
Other households10 245 2.9 17,030 4.4 543,340 4.1

East Hants – Structural type of dwelling

In East Hants, 85.3% of private households lived in single-detached houses and 0.0% lived in apartments in buildings that have five or more storeys. The rest lived in other types of dwelling structures.

Table 11 Canada, Nova Scotia, East Hants, MD – Distribution of private households by structural type of dwelling, 2011 Census
Structural type of dwelling East Hants, MD Nova Scotia Canada
number % number % number %
Total - Structural type of dwelling 8,550 100.0 390,280 100.0 13,320,615 100.0
Single-detached house 7,295 85.3 260,435 66.7 7,329,150 55.0
Semi-detached house 250 2.9 19,450 5.0 646,240 4.9
Row house 30 0.4 9,175 2.4 791,600 5.9
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 0 0.0 17,880 4.6 1,234,770 9.3
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 460 5.4 56,485 14.5 2,397,555 18.0
Apartment, duplex 80 0.9 11,970 3.1 704,485 5.3
Other single-attached house11 10 0.1 705 0.2 33,310 0.3
Movable dwelling12 425 5.0 14,175 3.6 183,510 1.4

Language

East Hants, MD – Mother tongue

Chart J: East Hants, MD - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Chart J description: East Hants, MD - Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home

Note: Counts for mother tongue as well as those for language spoken most often at home include single responses only.

In East Hants, 95.5% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.5% reported French only, and 2.6% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.

In 2011, 97.6% of the population spoke only English most often at home, 0.3% spoke only French and 1.8% spoke only a non-official language. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 95.4% for only English, 1.8% for only French and 2.0% for only a non-official language.

Table 12 East Hants, MD – Mother tongue and language spoken most often at home, 2011 Census
Selected languages Mother tongue Language spoken most often at home
number % number %
Total 22,100 100.0 22,095 100.0
English 21,110 95.5 21,560 97.6
French 325 1.5 75 0.3
Non-official language 580 2.6 395 1.8
Multiple responses 80 0.4 65 0.3
Table 13 East Hants, MD – Mother-tongue retention, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Mother-tongue retention13
(in percentage)
Total retention; language spoken at home at least on a regular basis Complete retention; language spoken most often at home Partial retention; language spoken at home on a regular basis
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
English 99.8 99.8 0.0
French 46.6 19.2 27.4
Non-official language 79.8 66.9 12.9

East Hants, MD – Non-official languages

In East Hants, the three most common mother tongues were German (1.5%), Dutch (0.4%) and Arabic (0.2%), in 2011. In comparison, the most common mother tongues at the provincial / territorial level were Arabic (0.7%), Mi'kmaq (0.5%) and German (0.4%).

Table 14 East Hants, MD – The most common non-official-language mother tongues, 2011 Census
Mother tongue Number Percentage of non-official language mother-tongue population Percentage of total population
Note: Counts for mother tongue and home language include single response of a language as well as multiple responses of a language with English and/or French.
German 335 54.5 1.5
Dutch 90 14.6 0.4
Arabic 50 8.1 0.2
Spanish 15 2.4 0.1
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 15 2.4 0.1

East Hants, MD – Bilingualism

Table 15 East Hants, MD – Rate of English-French bilingualism by mother tongue and age groups, 2011 Census
Age groups Mother tongue
Total English French Non-official language
Note: Counts for mother tongue include single responses only. Consequently, the total excludes multiple responses.
Total 6.6 5.4 84.6 5.2
0 to 19 9.4 9.3 80.0 2.5
20 to 44 7.8 6.8 88.9 5.4
45 to 64 4.8 2.8 84.4 8.3
65 and over 2.8 1.0 80.0 6.7
Table 16 East Hants, MD – Knowledge of official languages, 2011 Census
Knowledge of official languages Number Percentage
Total 22,095 100.0
English only 20,520 92.9
French only 0 0.0
English and French 1,500 6.8
Neither English nor French 80 0.4

Symbols:

···
not applicable
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements. For further information, refer to Notes.
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement. For further information, refer to Notes.
A
adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, refer to Content considerations.
E
use with caution. For further information, refer to Cautionary note.


Source:

Statistics Canada. 2012. Focus on Geography Series, 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-310-XWE2011004. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2011 Census. Last updated October 24, 2012.
 

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