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The table shows total, male and female data grouped by geography (appearing as column headers) for selected characteristics (appearing as row headers).
Characteristic Nova Scotia

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Total Male Female Total Male Female
Population and dwelling counts
Population in 2011Census data footnote 1 921,727 ...Data not available ...Data not available 33,476,688  ...Data not available ...Data not available
Population in 2006Census data footnote 1 913,462 ...Data not available ...Data not available 31,612,897  ...Data not available ...Data not available
2006 to 2011 population change (%) 0.9 ...Data not available ...Data not available 5.9 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total private dwellingsCensus data footnote 2 442,155 ...Data not available ...Data not available 14,569,633 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Private dwellings occupied by usual residentsCensus data footnote 3 390,279 ...Data not available ...Data not available 13,320,614 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Population density per square kilometre 17.4 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3.7 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Land area (square km) 52,939.44 ...Data not available ...Data not available 8,965,121.42 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Age characteristics
Total population by age groupsCensus data footnote 4 921,730 445,585 476,140 33,476,685 16,414,225 17,062,460
0 to 4 years 43,985 22,565 21,415 1,877,095 961,150 915,945
5 to 9 years 44,425 22,660 21,765 1,809,895 925,965 883,935
10 to 14 years 49,810 25,555 24,260 1,920,355 983,995 936,360
15 to 19 years 57,440 29,235 28,205 2,178,135 1,115,845 1,062,295
15 years 11,060 5,555 5,505 423,755 216,765 206,985
16 years 11,095 5,690 5,405 432,490 222,445 210,045
17 years 11,425 5,800 5,625 434,060 223,015 211,045
18 years 11,775 6,065 5,705 439,700 225,050 214,650
19 years 12,085 6,125 5,965 448,130 228,570 219,560
20 to 24 years 59,620 30,055 29,560 2,187,450 1,108,775 1,078,670
25 to 29 years 51,920 25,405 26,515 2,169,590 1,077,275 1,092,315
30 to 34 years 51,545 24,470 27,070 2,162,905 1,058,810 1,104,095
35 to 39 years 56,380 26,835 29,545 2,173,930 1,064,200 1,109,735
40 to 44 years 62,115 29,895 32,220 2,324,875 1,141,720 1,183,155
45 to 49 years 76,275 37,010 39,265 2,675,130 1,318,715 1,356,420
50 to 54 years 77,465 37,465 39,995 2,658,965 1,309,030 1,349,940
55 to 59 years 70,960 34,200 36,760 2,340,635 1,147,300 1,193,335
60 to 64 years 66,425 32,310 34,115 2,052,670 1,002,690 1,049,985
65 to 69 years 48,920 23,840 25,075 1,521,715 738,010 783,705
70 to 74 years 36,395 17,300 19,095 1,153,065 543,435 609,630
75 to 79 years 27,655 12,460 15,195 922,700 417,945 504,755
80 to 84 years 20,015 8,040 11,975 702,070 291,085 410,985
85 years and over 20,385 6,285 14,105 645,515 208,300 437,215
Median age of the populationCensus data footnote 5 43.7 42.7 44.6 40.6 39.6 41.5
% of the population aged 15 and over 85.0 84.1 85.8 83.2 82.5 84.0
Marital status
Total population 15 years and over by marital statusCensus data footnote 6 783,510 374,810 408,700 27,869,340 13,543,130 14,326,215
Married or living with a common-law partner 453,095 226,305 226,790 16,084,490 8,045,795 8,038,700
Married (and not separated) 376,020 187,865 188,155 12,941,960 6,470,300 6,471,660
Living common law 77,075 38,440 38,635 3,142,525 1,575,495 1,567,035
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 330,420 148,505 181,915 11,784,855 5,497,335 6,287,515
Single (never legally married) 209,180 109,775 99,405 7,816,045 4,206,320 3,609,730
Separated 23,545 10,105 13,445 698,240 299,655 398,585
Divorced 46,065 18,690 27,375 1,686,035 680,415 1,005,620
Widowed 51,625 9,940 41,690 1,584,530 310,940 1,273,590
Family characteristics
Total number of census families in private householdsCensus data footnote 7 270,065 ...Data not available ...Data not available 9,389,695 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Size of census family: 2 persons 150,500 ...Data not available ...Data not available 4,679,700 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Size of census family: 3 persons 58,590 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,048,560 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Size of census family: 4 persons 44,395 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,870,305 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Size of census family: 5 or more persons 16,585 ...Data not available ...Data not available 791,130 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total number of census families in private householdsCensus data footnote 8 270,065 ...Data not available ...Data not available 9,389,700 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total couple families by family structure and number of children 223,330 ...Data not available ...Data not available 7,861,855 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Married couples 184,870 ...Data not available ...Data not available 6,293,950 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Without children at home 97,760 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,891,215 ...Data not available ...Data not available
With children at home 87,110 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,402,735 ...Data not available ...Data not available
1 child 37,995 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,288,775 ...Data not available ...Data not available
2 children 35,820 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,475,220 ...Data not available ...Data not available
3 or more children 13,295 ...Data not available ...Data not available 638,740 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Common-law couples 38,460 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,567,910 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Without children at home 23,475 ...Data not available ...Data not available 861,350 ...Data not available ...Data not available
With children at home 14,985 ...Data not available ...Data not available 706,555 ...Data not available ...Data not available
1 child 7,780 ...Data not available ...Data not available 321,865 ...Data not available ...Data not available
2 children 5,015 ...Data not available ...Data not available 273,620 ...Data not available ...Data not available
3 or more children 2,190 ...Data not available ...Data not available 111,075 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total lone-parent families by sex of parent and number of children 46,730 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,527,845 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Female parent 37,625 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,200,295 ...Data not available ...Data not available
1 child 22,970 ...Data not available ...Data not available 710,225 ...Data not available ...Data not available
2 children 10,630 ...Data not available ...Data not available 352,150 ...Data not available ...Data not available
3 or more children 4,025 ...Data not available ...Data not available 137,920 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Male parent 9,110 ...Data not available ...Data not available 327,545 ...Data not available ...Data not available
1 child 6,295 ...Data not available ...Data not available 216,910 ...Data not available ...Data not available
2 children 2,185 ...Data not available ...Data not available 85,770 ...Data not available ...Data not available
3 or more children 625 ...Data not available ...Data not available 24,860 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total children in census families in private households 248,885 ...Data not available ...Data not available 9,971,320 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Under six years of age 52,315 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,217,355 ...Data not available ...Data not available
6 to 14 years 84,720 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,322,875 ...Data not available ...Data not available
15 to 17 years 32,250 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,240,565 ...Data not available ...Data not available
18 to 24 years 50,960 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,062,245 ...Data not available ...Data not available
25 years and over 28,640 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,128,280 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Average number of children at home per census family 0.9 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1.1 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Household and dwelling characteristics
Total number of persons in private households 906,175 439,230 466,940 32,856,980 16,153,945 16,703,035
Number of persons not in census families 163,895 74,725 89,165 5,634,105 2,678,530 2,955,575
Living with relativesCensus data footnote 9 17,670 7,250 10,420 735,685 309,510 426,175
Living with non-relatives only 37,430 20,250 17,180 1,225,115 689,960 535,150
Living alone 108,795 47,225 61,570 3,673,310 1,679,055 1,994,250
Number of census family persons 742,285 364,505 377,775 27,222,870 13,475,410 13,747,460
Average number of persons per census family 2.7 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2.9 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total number of persons aged 65 years and over in private households 143,825 65,235 78,595 4,551,900 2,081,795 2,470,110
Number of persons not in census families aged 65 years and over 48,920 14,375 34,550 1,527,630 445,865 1,081,770
Living with relativesCensus data footnote 9 6,250 1,570 4,675 224,755 52,375 172,380
Living with non-relatives only 2,710 1,275 1,430 87,185 42,230 44,955
Living alone 39,970 11,530 28,440 1,215,695 351,260 864,435
Number of census family persons aged 65 years and over 94,905 50,860 44,045 3,024,275 1,635,935 1,388,340
Total number of private households by household typeCensus data footnote 10 390,280 ...Data not available ...Data not available 13,320,615 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Census-family households 264,450 ...Data not available ...Data not available 9,103,965 ...Data not available ...Data not available
One-family-only householdsCensus data footnote 11 244,655 ...Data not available ...Data not available 8,263,885 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Couple-family householdsCensus data footnote 12 207,890 ...Data not available ...Data not available 7,070,680 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Without children 112,780 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,394,480 ...Data not available ...Data not available
With children 95,110 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,676,200 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Lone-parent-family households 36,770 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,193,210 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Other family householdsCensus data footnote 13 19,795 ...Data not available ...Data not available 840,075 ...Data not available ...Data not available
One-family households with persons not in a census family 14,305 ...Data not available ...Data not available 572,015 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Couple-family householdsCensus data footnote 14 8,630 ...Data not available ...Data not available 389,775 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Without children 4,200 ...Data not available ...Data not available 144,240 ...Data not available ...Data not available
With children 4,435 ...Data not available ...Data not available 245,535 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Lone-parent-family households 5,670 ...Data not available ...Data not available 182,240 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Two-or-more-family households 5,490 ...Data not available ...Data not available 268,065 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Non-census-family households 125,825 ...Data not available ...Data not available 4,216,650 ...Data not available ...Data not available
One-person households 108,795 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,673,305 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Two-or-more-person households 17,030 ...Data not available ...Data not available 543,345 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total number of occupied private dwellings by structural type of dwellingCensus data footnote 15 390,280 ...Data not available ...Data not available 13,320,615 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Single-detached house 260,435 ...Data not available ...Data not available 7,329,150 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 17,880 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,234,770 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Movable dwellingCensus data footnote 16 14,175 ...Data not available ...Data not available 183,510 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Other dwellingCensus data footnote 17 97,790 ...Data not available ...Data not available 4,573,185 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Semi-detached house 19,450 ...Data not available ...Data not available 646,245 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Row house 9,180 ...Data not available ...Data not available 791,600 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Apartment, duplex 11,970 ...Data not available ...Data not available 704,485 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 56,485 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,397,550 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Other single-attached house 710 ...Data not available ...Data not available 33,310 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Total number of private households by household sizeCensus data footnote 18 390,280 ...Data not available ...Data not available 13,320,615 ...Data not available ...Data not available
1 person 108,795 ...Data not available ...Data not available 3,673,310 ...Data not available ...Data not available
2 persons 149,105 ...Data not available ...Data not available 4,544,820 ...Data not available ...Data not available
3 persons 62,005 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2,081,900 ...Data not available ...Data not available
4 persons 47,900 ...Data not available ...Data not available 1,903,300 ...Data not available ...Data not available
5 persons 15,995 ...Data not available ...Data not available 724,405 ...Data not available ...Data not available
6 or more persons 6,480 ...Data not available ...Data not available 392,885 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Number of persons in private households 906,175 ...Data not available ...Data not available 32,856,975 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Average number of persons in private households 2.3 ...Data not available ...Data not available 2.5 ...Data not available ...Data not available
Detailed mother tongue
Detailed mother tongue - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,620 441,190 469,425 33,121,175 16,265,870 16,855,305
  Single responses  904,285 438,165 466,125 32,481,635 15,955,395 16,526,240
    English  836,085 404,330 431,760 18,858,980 9,345,225 9,513,750
    French  31,105 15,005 16,100 7,054,975 3,452,380 3,602,590
    Non-official languages  37,090 18,825 18,260 6,567,680 3,157,785 3,409,895
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 4,685 2,280 2,405 177,360 86,870 90,490
        Atikamekw    0 0 0 5,820 2,975 2,845
        Cree, n.o.s.  25 15 15 77,900 38,055 39,845
        Dene  5 0 0 11,215 5,500 5,720
        Innu/Montagnais  0 0 0 10,785 5,205 5,580
        Inuktitut  25 5 20 33,500 16,725 16,775
        Mi'kmaq  4,620 2,255 2,370 7,635 3,715 3,920
        Ojibway  15 5 10 17,625 8,340 9,285
        Oji-Cree  0 0 0 9,835 4,890 4,945
        Stoney  0 0 0 3,050 1,465 1,580
Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 31,675 16,170 15,510 6,312,435 3,032,860 3,279,570
        African languages, n.i.e 70 40 35 9,125 4,920 4,205
        Afrikaans  75 45 35 8,770 4,370 4,400
        Akan (Twi)  50 25 30 12,680 6,145 6,535
        Albanian  245 130 120 23,820 12,205 11,610
        Amharic  150 80 70 18,020 8,745 9,275
        Arabic  5,965 3,525 2,440 327,870 175,535 152,335
        Armenian  50 30 20 29,795 14,525 15,265
        Bantu languages, n.i.e 100 55 45 7,150 3,565 3,590
        Bengali  375 210 165 59,370 30,555 28,815
        Berber languages (Kabyle)  0 0 5 5,855 3,210 2,645
        Bisayan languages  85 30 55 16,240 6,185 10,055
        Bosnian  90 45 45 11,685 5,805 5,875
        Bulgarian  50 30 25 19,050 9,305 9,740
        Burmese  10 10 5 2,985 1,515 1,470
        Cantonese  590 275 315 372,460 173,510 198,955
        Chinese, n.o.s.  2,750 1,395 1,355 425,210 200,800 224,410
        Creoles  45 20 25 61,725 27,620 34,105
        Croatian  210 110 100 49,730 24,395 25,335
        Czech  180 95 90 23,585 11,350 12,230
        Danish  175 95 85 14,145 6,950 7,200
        Dutch  1,725 860 865 110,490 54,060 56,425
        Estonian  55 25 25 6,385 2,755 3,630
        Finnish  95 40 50 17,415 7,390 10,020
        Flemish  30 10 15 4,690 2,060 2,635
        Fukien  15 10 10 5,925 2,730 3,190
        German  3,275 1,545 1,735 409,200 195,415 213,785
        Greek  775 385 385 108,925 55,085 53,840
        Gujarati  105 60 50 91,450 45,570 45,875
        Hakka  0 5 0 5,115 2,360 2,755
        Hebrew  75 45 30 18,450 9,865 8,585
        Hindi  515 265 250 90,545 45,170 45,375
        Hungarian  280 130 150 67,920 32,740 35,180
        Ilocano  25 5 15 17,915 6,945 10,965
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e 45 25 20 5,255 2,860 2,395
        Italian  790 445 345 407,485 201,985 205,510
        Japanese  305 95 210 39,985 14,035 25,955
        Khmer (Cambodian)  5 5 5 19,440 9,095 10,345
        Korean  815 360 455 137,925 64,090 73,835
        Kurdish  70 45 30 9,805 5,350 4,445
        Lao  10 10 0 12,970 6,375 6,590
        Latvian  65 35 30 6,200 2,700 3,505
        Lingala  10 0 10 3,085 1,440 1,645
        Lithuanian  35 15 20 7,245 3,080 4,165
        Macedonian  15 5 5 17,245 8,405 8,840
        Malay  65 20 45 10,910 4,845 6,060
        Malayalam  115 55 55 16,080 8,200 7,875
        Maltese  20 10 5 6,220 3,125 3,100
        Mandarin  905 435 470 248,705 116,480 132,225
        Marathi  30 15 15 5,830 3,030 2,805
        Nepali  225 120 105 8,480 4,350 4,135
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e 110 60 45 14,075 7,385 6,685
        Norwegian  125 70 55 5,800 2,745 3,055
        Oromo  35 30 10 11,140 6,075 5,060
        Panjabi (Punjabi)  375 205 170 430,705 217,015 213,685
        Pashto  70 35 35 12,465 6,470 5,990
        Persian (Farsi)  1,185 635 550 170,045 86,810 83,235
        Polish  825 385 440 191,645 87,905 103,745
        Portuguese  380 195 185 211,335 102,320 109,015
        Romanian  170 80 85 90,300 43,475 46,820
        Rundi (Kirundi)  15 5 5 3,975 1,875 2,100
        Russian  815 395 430 164,330 75,275 89,050
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda)  5 5 0 3,895 1,710 2,185
        Semitic languages, n.i.e 15 10 10 16,970 8,395 8,575
        Serbian  115 55 55 56,420 28,125 28,290
        Serbo-Croatian  105 55 55 10,155 4,940 5,215
        Shanghainese  5 5 0 2,920 1,230 1,695
        Sign languages, n.i.e 120 60 60 3,815 2,050 1,760
        Sindhi  15 10 0 11,330 5,290 6,040
        Sinhala (Sinhalese)  110 65 45 14,185 7,070 7,110
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e 0 0 5 4,360 2,225 2,135
        Slavic languages, n.i.e 10 5 10 3,630 1,850 1,785
        Slovak  120 50 70 17,580 8,045 9,540
        Slovenian  30 15 15 10,775 5,015 5,760
        Somali  40 20 20 31,380 14,260 17,120
        Spanish  1,545 750 800 410,670 199,110 211,565
        Swahili  75 45 35 10,090 5,050 5,045
        Swedish  85 40 50 7,350 3,170 4,175
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)  1,185 500 685 327,445 131,405 196,045
        Taiwanese  40 15 25 9,635 4,450 5,185
        Tamil  270 155 110 131,265 65,145 66,120
        Telugu  125 75 50 9,315 4,910 4,405
        Thai  110 20 90 7,935 2,505 5,425
        Tibetan languages  5 0 0 4,640 2,365 2,270
        Tigrigna  55 30 30 10,220 4,990 5,230
        Turkish  275 160 110 29,640 15,865 13,775
        Ukrainian  300 130 165 111,540 49,570 61,975
        Urdu  540 290 250 172,800 88,295 84,500
        Vietnamese  450 220 230 144,880 68,255 76,625
        Yiddish  25 10 10 15,205 7,400 7,805
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 725 380 345 77,890 38,055 39,835
  Multiple responses          6,335 3,025 3,305 639,540 310,480 329,060
    English and French  3,035 1,400 1,635 144,685 69,975 74,710
    English and non-official language  2,855 1,385 1,470 396,330 192,000 204,330
    French and non-official language  315 170 150 74,430 36,535 37,890
    English, French and non-official language 130 75 55 24,095 11,965 12,130
Knowledge of official languages
Knowledge of official languages - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,615 441,190 469,430 33,121,175 16,265,870 16,855,305
  English only 814,670 398,830 415,845 22,564,665 11,222,185 11,342,485
  French only 875 385 490 4,165,015 1,925,340 2,239,680
  English and French 93,435 41,245 52,185 5,795,570 2,876,560 2,919,005
  Neither English nor French 1,635 735 900 595,920 241,790 354,135
First official language spoken
First official language spoken - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,615 441,190 469,430 33,121,175 16,265,875 16,855,300
  English 877,990 425,370 452,620 24,662,900 12,172,545 12,490,350
  French 29,550 14,410 15,135 7,507,890 3,671,815 3,836,075
  English and French 1,565 740 820 367,635 186,235 181,405
  Neither English nor French 1,515 670 845 582,755 235,280 347,475
Official language minority (number)Census data footnote 23 30,330 14,780 15,550 7,691,705 3,764,930 3,926,770
Official language minority (percentage)Census data footnote 23 3.3 3.4 3.3 23.2 23.1 23.3
Detailed language spoken most often at home
Detailed language spoken most often at home - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,620 441,195 469,425 33,121,175 16,265,875 16,855,300
  Single responses 903,215 437,540 465,675 31,958,800 15,701,165 16,257,640
    English 868,765 420,340 448,425 21,457,075 10,585,620 10,871,455
    French 15,935 7,625 8,315 6,827,865 3,348,235 3,479,625
    Non-official languages 18,510 9,570 8,940 3,673,865 1,767,310 1,906,555
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 2,770 1,395 1,380 114,610 58,055 56,550
        Atikamekw   0 0 0 5,365 2,800 2,565
        Cree, n.o.s. 5 0 0 44,520 22,555 21,970
        Dene 0 0 0 7,960 4,025 3,940
        Innu/Montagnais 0 0 0 9,630 4,700 4,935
        Inuktitut 0 0 0 27,170 13,780 13,390
        Mi'kmaq 2,770 1,390 1,375 4,160 2,100 2,060
        Ojibway 5 0 5 6,850 3,555 3,295
        Oji-Cree 0 0 0 6,875 3,525 3,350
        Stoney 0 0 0 2,070 1,025 1,045
      Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 15,500 8,060 7,440 3,531,990 1,695,585 1,836,405
        African languages, n.i.e. 35 15 20 4,130 2,085 2,045
        Afrikaans 20 10 10 4,465 2,230 2,235
        Akan (Twi) 10 10 5 6,545 2,980 3,560
        Albanian 125 60 60 13,765 6,985 6,775
        Amharic 70 35 35 10,760 5,065 5,695
        Arabic 3,495 2,030 1,465 181,790 92,840 88,950
        Armenian 15 10 10 19,140 9,035 10,105
        Bantu languages, n.i.e. 10 5 10 1,815 865 950
        Bengali 230 115 110 42,065 21,140 20,925
        Berber languages (Kabyle) 0 0 0 1,995 1,045 950
        Bisayan languages 30 15 15 5,390 2,395 2,995
        Bosnian 50 25 25 6,705 3,385 3,315
        Bulgarian 10 5 10 12,075 5,940 6,135
        Burmese 5 5 5 1,895 970 925
        Cantonese 320 165 155 288,620 133,355 155,265
        Chinese, n.o.s. 1,985 1,040 950 297,295 141,425 155,870
        Creoles 30 10 15 25,475 11,045 14,435
        Croatian 75 40 35 18,730 8,950 9,780
        Czech 45 20 25 7,415 3,595 3,820
        Danish 15 5 10 945 475 465
        Dutch 190 85 105 11,530 5,485 6,040
        Estonian 5 0 5 1,450 550 895
        Finnish 10 5 0 3,335 1,480 1,855
        Flemish 0 0 5 455 210 245
        Fukien 5 0 0 1,900 875 1,030
        German 1,170 565 605 126,375 61,350 65,030
        Greek 270 115 150 47,705 22,800 24,905
        Gujarati 50 25 25 55,725 27,220 28,505
        Hakka 0 0 0 2,050 945 1,110
        Hebrew 25 15 10 8,400 4,245 4,150
        Hindi 215 110 105 47,080 23,215 23,870
        Hungarian 65 30 30 22,945 10,780 12,165
        Ilocano 0 5 0 6,160 2,610 3,550
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e. 20 5 10 2,285 1,165 1,120
        Italian 170 75 95 139,480 61,990 77,485
        Japanese 130 60 70 18,850 8,010 10,835
        Khmer (Cambodian) 5 0 0 11,330 5,250 6,075
        Korean 560 265 295 104,905 49,660 55,245
        Kurdish 55 35 20 6,000 3,125 2,875
        Lao 0 0 0 6,980 3,445 3,540
        Latvian 15 10 10 1,625 715 910
        Lingala 5 5 5 880 400 485
        Lithuanian 5 5 5 2,115 915 1,205
        Macedonian 5 0 5 7,775 3,740 4,035
        Malay 20 10 10 3,940 1,935 2,005
        Malayalam 35 20 20 7,955 4,010 3,940
        Maltese 0 0 0 1,330 640 690
        Mandarin 660 340 320 203,275 97,960 105,320
        Marathi 25 15 10 2,800 1,450 1,345
        Nepali 210 110 100 6,320 3,215 3,105
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e. 30 10 15 3,785 1,800 1,985
        Norwegian 20 10 10 575 275 300
        Oromo 20 15 5 4,745 2,445 2,305
        Panjabi (Punjabi) 180 95 80 317,075 158,375 158,700
        Pashto 35 20 15 8,700 4,390 4,310
        Persian (Farsi) 935 480 455 118,830 58,420 60,415
        Polish 255 125 130 85,210 39,945 45,260
        Portuguese 120 55 60 97,210 46,445 50,760
        Romanian 85 35 40 54,460 26,580 27,880
        Rundi (Kirundi) 10 5 0 1,335 610 720
        Russian 510 260 245 109,735 52,320 57,420
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) 0 0 0 1,180 540 640
        Semitic languages, n.i.e. 10 10 5 11,670 5,640 6,030
        Serbian 60 25 35 34,885 17,100 17,780
        Serbo-Croatian 50 20 25 5,040 2,465 2,580
        Shanghainese 0 0 0 1,325 610 715
        Sign languages, n.i.e. 195 110 85 6,305 3,685 2,620
        Sindhi 5 0 5 4,870 2,175 2,695
        Sinhala (Sinhalese) 45 25 25 6,850 3,410 3,440
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e. 0 0 0 3,525 1,795 1,730
        Slavic languages, n.i.e. 5 0 5 1,135 545 590
        Slovak 30 10 20 5,370 2,545 2,825
        Slovenian 5 0 0 2,475 1,095 1,380
        Somali 20 5 10 21,665 9,665 12,000
        Spanish 775 390 385 252,015 123,085 128,935
        Swahili 20 10 15 4,175 2,040 2,130
        Swedish 10 5 5 1,130 535 595
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 550 275 275 161,080 71,145 89,935
        Taiwanese 15 10 5 4,830 2,315 2,515
        Tamil 130 80 50 98,940 48,355 50,590
        Telugu 55 30 25 5,205 2,675 2,530
        Thai 60 5 55 3,215 1,470 1,745
        Tibetan languages 0 0 0 3,620 1,835 1,785
        Tigrigna 25 15 10 5,975 2,845 3,130
        Turkish 140 70 70 18,705 9,510 9,190
        Ukrainian 25 5 20 25,565 11,505 14,065
        Urdu 320 155 165 113,785 57,100 56,680
        Vietnamese 280 145 135 104,960 49,550 55,410
        Yiddish 0 0 0 6,860 3,515 3,350
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 235 120 115 27,265 13,670 13,595
  Multiple responses         7,405 3,655 3,755 1,162,370 564,710 597,665
    English and French 1,815 860 950 131,205 63,475 67,730
    English and non-official language 5,295 2,640 2,655 875,135 425,370 449,765
    French and non-official language 115 60 60 109,700 53,010 56,690
    English, French and non-official language 180 85 90 46,330 22,845 23,485
Detailed other language spoken regularly at home
Detailed other language spoken regularly at home - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,620 441,190 469,425 33,121,175 16,265,870 16,855,305
  None 863,715 418,680 445,030 28,418,595 13,988,140 14,430,455
  Single responses  46,065 22,110 23,960 4,554,525 2,205,595 2,348,935
    English  16,325 8,230 8,095 1,910,475 948,755 961,715
    French  15,705 6,975 8,730 678,940 318,530 360,415
    Non-official languages  14,035 6,900 7,130 1,965,110 938,305 1,026,805
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 1,945 900 1,045 62,935 29,835 33,100
        Atikamekw    0 0 0 470 205 265
        Cree, n.o.s.  10 5 5 32,750 15,645 17,105
        Dene  5 0 0 3,245 1,535 1,710
        Innu/Montagnais  0 0 0 1,065 490 580
        Inuktitut  30 10 20 7,230 3,510 3,720
        Mi'kmaq  1,890 880 1,015 3,135 1,435 1,700
        Ojibway  10 5 5 10,870 5,040 5,835
        Oji-Cree  0 0 0 3,300 1,570 1,730
        Stoney  0 0 0 865 410 455
      Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 11,385 5,685 5,705 1,857,185 887,115 970,070
        African languages, n.i.e 15 10 10 3,625 1,930 1,695
        Afrikaans  55 25 30 4,185 2,075 2,110
        Akan (Twi)  35 20 20 6,105 3,010 3,095
        Albanian  95 45 45 6,155 3,095 3,055
        Amharic  40 25 20 5,665 2,785 2,875
        Arabic  1,995 1,175 825 116,375 62,625 53,755
        Armenian  20 10 5 6,690 3,270 3,420
        Bantu languages, n.i.e 45 25 25 3,595 1,735 1,860
        Bengali  95 60 35 11,405 5,925 5,475
        Berber languages (Kabyle)  0 0 0 2,040 1,085 955
        Bisayan languages  15 5 10 4,015 1,515 2,500
        Bosnian  35 20 15 3,365 1,635 1,730
        Bulgarian  25 15 10 3,985 1,850 2,135
        Burmese  5 0 0 860 425 435
        Cantonese  195 100 90 83,955 40,200 43,755
        Chinese, n.o.s.  490 225 265 74,930 35,840 39,090
        Creoles  80 25 55 44,100 19,795 24,305
        Croatian  70 25 40 19,045 9,240 9,805
        Czech  55 20 35 7,540 3,415 4,120
        Danish  60 30 30 4,800 2,145 2,655
        Dutch  550 260 285 34,465 15,800 18,660
        Estonian  20 5 15 2,240 955 1,285
        Finnish  25 10 10 5,670 2,355 3,310
        Flemish  5 0 5 995 405 585
        Fukien  10 0 5 2,315 1,080 1,235
        German  1,255 605 645 117,070 54,490 62,585
        Greek  435 225 205 50,670 25,670 25,005
        Gujarati  40 15 20 25,635 12,745 12,890
        Hakka  0 0 0 1,490 685 805
        Hebrew  85 45 35 14,270 7,170 7,095
        Hindi  310 165 145 55,375 28,080 27,290
        Hungarian  90 35 50 19,135 8,770 10,360
        Ilocano  5 0 5 4,880 1,895 2,990
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e 15 5 5 1,845 980 870
        Italian  365 190 170 156,885 77,220 79,665
        Japanese  205 85 115 19,050 7,875 11,175
        Khmer (Cambodian)  5 0 0 5,425 2,545 2,880
        Korean  205 95 110 22,870 10,620 12,255
        Kurdish  10 5 5 2,295 1,245 1,045
        Lao  0 0 0 3,830 1,915 1,915
        Latvian  25 10 10 1,880 760 1,125
        Lingala  5 0 5 4,235 1,965 2,270
        Lithuanian  5 0 5 2,120 855 1,260
        Macedonian  5 5 5 5,950 2,890 3,060
        Malay  30 10 15 4,320 1,915 2,405
        Malayalam  55 20 35 6,110 3,085 3,020
        Maltese  15 5 10 2,405 1,110 1,300
        Mandarin  225 110 120 47,785 21,575 26,205
        Marathi  5 5 5 1,740 870 875
        Nepali  5 5 5 1,175 605 565
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e 65 30 35 10,610 5,245 5,365
        Norwegian  55 25 30 1,935 885 1,050
        Oromo  5 5 0 3,315 1,740 1,580
        Panjabi (Punjabi)  125 60 60 83,180 42,490 40,695
        Pashto  10 5 5 2,315 1,245 1,075
        Persian (Farsi)  210 125 85 32,275 17,085 15,190
        Polish  280 135 140 54,580 24,580 30,005
        Portuguese  175 85 85 77,850 37,635 40,215
        Romanian  60 25 35 20,800 9,715 11,085
        Rundi (Kirundi)  5 0 0 1,925 925 1,000
        Russian  230 105 120 38,805 17,710 21,095
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda)  5 5 0 1,805 775 1,030
        Semitic languages, n.i.e 10 5 5 3,685 1,850 1,835
        Serbian  40 25 20 14,890 7,460 7,425
        Serbo-Croatian  45 20 25 2,565 1,255 1,315
        Shanghainese  0 0 0 1,045 445 595
        Sign languages, n.i.e 220 90 135 4,300 1,800 2,505
        Sindhi  0 5 0 4,935 2,285 2,645
        Sinhala (Sinhalese)  45 30 20 6,060 3,030 3,030
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e 0 0 0 465 240 225
        Slavic languages, n.i.e 0 0 0 970 490 485
        Slovak  55 25 30 5,150 2,240 2,910
        Slovenian  15 5 5 3,415 1,515 1,900
        Somali  15 10 5 9,725 4,625 5,095
        Spanish  1,050 485 560 152,210 73,850 78,365
        Swahili  75 40 35 6,860 3,325 3,535
        Swedish  60 20 35 3,515 1,535 1,985
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)  435 165 275 107,960 40,085 67,870
        Taiwanese  15 10 5 4,065 1,915 2,145
        Tamil  105 60 45 27,625 13,960 13,665
        Telugu  40 20 15 2,550 1,365 1,190
        Thai  30 5 20 3,380 1,135 2,240
        Tibetan languages  5 5 0 595 320 280
        Tigrigna  20 10 10 3,330 1,640 1,690
        Turkish  120 65 50 7,815 4,250 3,565
        Ukrainian  75 30 45 32,740 14,290 18,450
        Urdu  170 90 80 45,580 23,440 22,145
        Vietnamese  105 45 55 32,280 15,455 16,830
        Yiddish  10 5 5 3,510 1,555 1,955
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 705 325 380 44,985 21,360 23,630
  Multiple responses          840 400 435 148,055 72,140 75,915
    English and French  95 45 45 40,280 20,290 19,995
    English and non-official language  175 80 90 49,905 24,725 25,180
    French and non-official language  560 265 300 56,385 26,370 30,010
    English, French and non-official language  5 5 5 1,485 755 730

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Footnotes

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.

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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.

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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.

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Footnote 4

Age

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.

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Footnote 5

Median age

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'.

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Footnote 6

Total population 15 years and over by marital status

Refers to the marital status of the person, taking into account his/her common-law status. For more information, refer to the Census Dictionary: Marital status.

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Footnote 7

Total number of census families in private households

Census family - Refers to a married couple (with or without children), a common-law couple (with or without children) or a lone parent family. For more information, refer to the Census Dictionary: Census family.

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Footnote 8

Total number of census families in private households

Census family structure - Refers to the classification of census families into married couples (with or without children of either and/or both spouses), common-law couples (with or without children of either and/or both partners), and lone-parent families by sex of parent. A couple may be of opposite or same sex. A couple with children may be further classified as either an intact family or stepfamily, and stepfamilies may, in turn, be classified as simple or complex. Children in a census family include grandchildren living with their grandparent(s) but with no parents present.

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Footnote 9

Living with relatives

Non-relatives may be present.

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Footnote 10

Total number of private households by household type

Refers to the basic division of private households into family and non-family households. Family household refers to a household that contains at least one census family, that is, a married couple with or without children, or a couple living common-law with or without children, or a lone parent living with one or more children (lone-parent family). One-family household refers to a single census family (with or without other persons) that occupies a private dwelling. Multiple-family household refers to a household in which two or more census families (with or without additional persons) occupy the same private dwelling. Family households may also be divided based on the presence of persons not in a census family.

Non-family household refers to either one person living alone in a private dwelling or to a group of two or more people who share a private dwelling, but who do not constitute a census family.

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Footnote 11

One-family-only households

Refers to households that consist solely of one census family without additional persons.

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Footnote 12

Couple-family households

Refers to households with opposite-sex or same-sex couples.

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Footnote 13

Other family households

Refers to one-census family households with additional persons and to multiple-census family households, with or without additional persons.

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Footnote 14

Couple-family households

Refers to households with opposite-sex or same-sex couples.

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Footnote 15

Total number of occupied private dwellings by structural type of dwelling

Structural type of dwelling - Characteristics that define a dwelling's structure, for example, the characteristics of a single-detached house, a semi-detached house, a row house, or an apartment or flat in a duplex. Refers to the structural characteristics and/or dwelling configuration, that is, whether the dwelling is a single-detached house, an apartment in a high-rise building, a row house, a mobile home, etc.

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Footnote 16

Movable dwelling

Includes mobile homes and other movable dwellings such as houseboats and railroad cars.

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Footnote 17

Other dwelling

The category 'Other dwelling' is a subtotal of the following categories: semi-detached house, row house, apartment or flat in a duplex, apartment in a building that has fewer than five storeys and other single-attached house.

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Footnote 18

Total number of private households by household size

Household, private - Person or group of persons occupying the same dwelling. Refers to a person or a group of persons (other than foreign residents) who occupy a private dwelling and do not have a usual place of residence elsewhere in Canada.

Household size - Number of persons occupying a private dwelling. Refers to the number of usual residents in a private household.

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Footnote 19

Total population excluding institutional residents

The population excluding institutional residents includes Canadian citizens (by birth or by naturalization) and landed immigrants (permanent residents) excluding those who live in institutions (institutional collective dwellings). Canadian citizens and landed immigrants either: (1) have a usual place of residence in Canada; (2) are abroad either on a military base or attached to a diplomatic mission; or (3) are at sea or in port aboard merchant vessels under Canadian registry or Canadian government vessels. Since 1991, the target population also includes persons with a usual place of residence in Canada who are claiming refugee status, who hold study permits, or who hold work permits, as well as family members living with them; for census purposes, this group is referred to as non-permanent residents. The population universe does not include foreign residents.

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Footnote 20

Selected Aboriginal languages

The languages shown were selected based on the Aboriginal mother tongues most often reported as single responses in Canada in the 2011 Census of Population.

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Footnote 21

Selected non-Aboriginal languages

The languages shown were selected based on the non-Aboriginal mother tongues (other than English or French) most often reported as single responses in Canada in the 2011 Census of Population.

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Footnote 22

Other languages

This is a subtotal of all languages collected by the census that are not displayed separately here. For a full list of languages collected in the census, please refer to Appendix D in the 2011 Census Dictionary.

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Footnote 23

Official language minority

English is the first official language spoken by Quebec's official language minority, which consists of all individuals with English as a first official language spoken and half of those with both English and French. French is the first official language spoken by the official language minority in the country overall and in every province and territory outside Quebec, which consists of all individuals with French as a first official language spoken and half of those with both English and French.

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Source

Source: Statistics Canada, 2011 Census of Population.

How to cite

How to cite: Statistics Canada. 2012. Nova Scotia (Code 12) and Canada (Code 01) (table). Census Profile. 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-XWE. Ottawa. Released October 24, 2012.
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