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|Population and dwelling counts|
|Population in 2011Census data footnote 1||33,476,688†||...Data not available||...Data not available||921,727||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Population in 2006Census data footnote 1||31,612,897†||...Data not available||...Data not available||913,462||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|2006 to 2011 population change (%)||5.9||...Data not available||...Data not available||0.9||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Total private dwellingsCensus data footnote 2||14,569,633||...Data not available||...Data not available||442,155||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Private dwellings occupied by usual residentsCensus data footnote 3||13,320,614||...Data not available||...Data not available||390,279||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Population density per square kilometre||3.7||...Data not available||...Data not available||17.4||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Land area (square km)||8,965,121.42||...Data not available||...Data not available||52,939.44||...Data not available||...Data not available|
|Total population by age groupsCensus data footnote 4||33,476,685||16,414,225||17,062,460||921,730||445,585||476,140|
|0 to 4 years||1,877,095||961,150||915,945||43,985||22,565||21,415|
|5 to 9 years||1,809,895||925,965||883,935||44,425||22,660||21,765|
|10 to 14 years||1,920,355||983,995||936,360||49,810||25,555||24,260|
|15 to 19 years||2,178,135||1,115,845||1,062,295||57,440||29,235||28,205|
|20 to 24 years||2,187,450||1,108,775||1,078,670||59,620||30,055||29,560|
|25 to 29 years||2,169,590||1,077,275||1,092,315||51,920||25,405||26,515|
|30 to 34 years||2,162,905||1,058,810||1,104,095||51,545||24,470||27,070|
|35 to 39 years||2,173,930||1,064,200||1,109,735||56,380||26,835||29,545|
|40 to 44 years||2,324,875||1,141,720||1,183,155||62,115||29,895||32,220|
|45 to 49 years||2,675,130||1,318,715||1,356,420||76,275||37,010||39,265|
|50 to 54 years||2,658,965||1,309,030||1,349,940||77,465||37,465||39,995|
|55 to 59 years||2,340,635||1,147,300||1,193,335||70,960||34,200||36,760|
|60 to 64 years||2,052,670||1,002,690||1,049,985||66,425||32,310||34,115|
|65 to 69 years||1,521,715||738,010||783,705||48,920||23,840||25,075|
|70 to 74 years||1,153,065||543,435||609,630||36,395||17,300||19,095|
|75 to 79 years||922,700||417,945||504,755||27,655||12,460||15,195|
|80 to 84 years||702,070||291,085||410,985||20,015||8,040||11,975|
|85 years and over||645,515||208,300||437,215||20,385||6,285||14,105|
|Median age of the populationCensus data footnote 5||40.6||39.6||41.5||43.7||42.7||44.6|
|% of the population aged 15 and over||83.2||82.5||84.0||85.0||84.1||85.8|
A adjusted figure due to boundary change
Users wishing to compare 2011 Census data with those of other censuses should then take into account that the boundaries of geographic areas may change from one census to another. In order to facilitate comparison, the 2006 Census counts are adjusted as needed to take into account boundary changes between the 2006 and 2011 censuses. The 2006 counts that were adjusted are identified by the letter 'A.' The letter 'A' may also refer to corrections to the 2006 counts; however, most of these are the result of boundary changes. This symbol is also used to identify areas that have been created since 2006, such as newly incorporated municipalities (census subdivisions) and new designated places (DPLs).
E use with caution
After the release of the 2006 or 2011 Census population and dwelling counts, errors are occasionally uncovered in the data. It is not possible to make changes to the 2006 or 2011 Census data presented in these tables.
X area and data suppression
In addition to random rounding, area and data suppression has been adopted to further protect the confidentiality of individual respondents' personal information.
Area and data suppression results in the deletion of all information for geographic areas with populations below a specified size. For example, areas with a population of less than 40 persons are suppressed. If the community searched has a population of less than 40 persons, only the total population counts will be available.
Geographic area suppression lists show areas where data are suppressed.
† excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements
Excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves or Indian settlements (For further information, see the 'Notes.')
¶ incompletely enumerated Indian reserve and Indian settlement (For further information, see the 'Notes.')
Refer to a complete list of these geographic areas.
.. not available for a specific reference period
Data quality index: Data quality index showing a global non response rate higher than or equal to 25% (suppressed). Geographic area suppression lists show areas where data are suppressed.
Incompletely enumerated Indian reserve and Indian settlement: There were 13 Indian reserves and Indian settlements where enumeration was not possible as a result of forest fires in Northern Ontario at the time of census collection. Collection for these communities was done at a later time. While the data are not included in the 2011 Census tabulations, it is expected that separate special tables showing data for these communities will be made available at a later date, subject to data quality evaluation. Refer to a complete list of these geographic areas.
... not applicable
A possible reason for the use of the three dots (...) symbol is:
- A value that cannot be calculated such as a percentage change where the denominator is zero.
- Footnote 1
2011 and 2006 population
Statistics Canada is committed to protect the privacy of all Canadians and the confidentiality of the data they provide to us. As part of this commitment, some population counts of geographic areas are adjusted in order to ensure confidentiality.
Counts of the total population are rounded to a base of 5 for any dissemination block having a population of less than 15. Population counts for all standard geographic areas above the dissemination block level are derived by summing the adjusted dissemination block counts. The adjustment of dissemination block counts is controlled to ensure that the population counts for dissemination areas will always be within 5 of the actual values. The adjustment has no impact on the population counts of census divisions and large census subdivisions.
- Footnote 2
Total private dwellings
A separate set of living quarters designed for or converted for human habitation in which a person or group of persons reside or could reside. In addition, a private dwelling must have a source of heat or power and must be an enclosed space that provides shelter from the elements, as evidenced by complete and enclosed walls and roof, and by doors and windows that provide protection from wind, rain and snow.
- Footnote 3
Private dwellings occupied by usual residents
A separate set of living quarters which has a private entrance either directly from outside or from a common hall, lobby, vestibule or stairway leading to the outside, and in which a person or a group of persons live permanently.
- Footnote 4
Refers to the age at last birthday before the reference date, that is, before May 10, 2011.
Refer to the Census Dictionary for more information.
- Footnote 5
The median age is an age 'x', such that exactly one half of the population is older than 'x' and the other half is younger than 'x'.
Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population.
How to cite
How to cite: Statistics Canada. 2012. Canada (Code 01) and Nova Scotia (Code 12) (table). Census Profile. 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-XWE. Ottawa. Released October 24, 2012.
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2011/dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed June 25, 2022).
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