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NHS Profile, Nova Scotia, 2011

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NHS data, Nova Scotia. Table summary
The table shows total, male and female data (appearing as column headers) for selected characteristics (appearing as row headers).
Characteristic Nova Scotia

(Province)
Total Male Female
Ethnic origin population
Total population in private households by ethnic originsNational Household Survey data footnote 35 906,170 439,565 466,610
North American Aboriginal origins 52,930 24,960 27,965
First Nations (North American Indian) 41,390 19,360 22,030
Inuit 1,895 810 1,085
Métis 10,650 5,255 5,390
Other North American origins 376,285 182,160 194,125
Acadian 20,500 10,105 10,395
American 7,115 3,565 3,555
Canadian 353,915 171,010 182,910
New Brunswicker 40 0 20
Newfoundlander 2,650 1,340 1,300
Nova Scotian 875 380 495
Ontarian 0 0 0
Québécois 220 125 90
Other North American origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 36 105 60 45
European origins 659,350 317,245 342,105
British Isles origins 547,230 261,855 285,370
Channel Islander 45 15 35
Cornish 45 25 15
English 279,425 132,970 146,455
Irish 201,655 93,995 107,665
Manx 100 55 50
Scottish 282,805 135,055 147,750
Welsh 17,455 8,325 9,135
British Isles origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 37 17,965 8,090 9,865
French origins 154,130 72,440 81,695
Alsatian 30 0 20
Breton 0 0 0
French 154,095 72,425 81,670
Western European origins (except French origins) 125,780 60,810 64,965
Austrian 1,840 945 895
Belgian 3,255 1,805 1,450
Dutch 32,515 15,090 17,425
Flemish 200 115 90
Frisian 25 15 0
German 97,605 47,000 50,600
Luxembourger 65 0 50
Swiss 2,750 1,445 1,305
Western European origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 38 80 55 0
Northern European origins (except British Isles origins) 14,640 7,195 7,445
Danish 3,570 1,680 1,890
Finnish 1,115 515 595
Icelandic 620 320 295
Norwegian 5,190 2,770 2,420
Swedish 3,815 1,595 2,220
Northern European origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 39 1,000 595 410
Eastern European origins 26,515 12,650 13,870
Bulgarian 385 205 175
Byelorussian 80 50 35
Czech 955 510 440
Czechoslovakian, n.o.s. 420 185 240
Estonian 225 95 125
Hungarian 2,370 1,125 1,240
Latvian 310 150 165
Lithuanian 955 455 505
Moldovan 0 0 0
Polish 10,265 4,810 5,460
Romanian 1,095 460 635
Russian 4,035 2,020 2,010
Slovak 470 225 240
Ukrainian 8,520 4,135 4,385
Eastern European origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 40 175 75 100
Southern European origins 26,440 12,695 13,740
Albanian 70 40 25
Bosnian 160 95 65
Croatian 560 215 350
Cypriot 25 0 0
Greek 2,915 1,530 1,385
Italian 14,300 6,810 7,495
Kosovar 0 0 0
Macedonian 45 25 20
Maltese 335 220 120
Montenegrin 0 0 0
Portuguese 3,495 1,690 1,800
Serbian 265 110 150
Sicilian 20 20 0
Slovenian 260 115 145
Spanish 4,265 1,835 2,425
Yugoslavian, n.o.s. 525 360 160
Southern European origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 41 0 0 0
Other European origins 5,215 2,585 2,630
Basque 155 85 70
Jewish 3,665 1,825 1,840
Roma (Gypsy) 80 55 20
Slavic, n.o.s. 45 20 25
Other European origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 42 1,330 625 710
Caribbean origins 4,215 2,145 2,065
Antiguan 35 0 0
Bahamian 25 20 0
Barbadian 770 405 365
Bermudan 330 125 205
Carib 30 0 20
Cuban 395 240 155
Dominican 80 15 65
Grenadian 60 0 0
Haitian 135 90 45
Jamaican 1,220 660 560
Kittitian/Nevisian 0 0 0
Martinican 0 0 0
Montserratan 0 0 0
Puerto Rican 30 15 20
St. Lucian 40 20 0
Trinidadian/Tobagonian 250 145 105
Vincentian/Grenadinian 0 0 0
West Indian, n.o.s. 600 235 365
Caribbean origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 43 335 160 175
Latin, Central and South American origins 2,380 1,145 1,225
Aboriginal from Central/South America (except Maya) 190 100 95
Argentinian 115 40 75
Belizean 15 15 0
Bolivian 0 0 0
Brazilian 100 30 70
Chilean 60 25 35
Colombian 375 170 200
Costa Rican 20 0 10
Ecuadorian 70 50 25
Guatemalan 75 50 25
Guyanese 215 110 110
Hispanic 25 0 25
Honduran 25 0 10
Maya 35 0 25
Mexican 520 250 270
Nicaraguan 0 0 0
Panamanian 0 0 0
Paraguayan 20 0 0
Peruvian 125 55 65
Salvadorean 115 50 60
Uruguayan 10 0 0
Venezuelan 100 20 85
Latin, Central and South American origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 44 300 200 105
African origins 15,110 7,780 7,335
Central and West African origins 945 640 305
Akan 0 0 0
Angolan 0 0 0
Ashanti 0 0 0
Beninese 0 0 0
Burkinabe 0 0 0
Cameroonian 125 85 45
Chadian 0 0 0
Congolese 85 45 40
Gabonese 0 0 0
Gambian 0 0 0
Ghanaian 180 115 65
Guinean 0 0 0
Ibo 20 15 0
Ivorian 0 0 0
Liberian 0 0 0
Malian 0 0 0
Nigerian 340 245 95
Peulh 0 0 0
Senegalese 40 0 0
Sierra Leonean 55 0 0
Togolese 0 0 0
Yoruba 50 20 25
Central and West African origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 45 65 60 0
North African origins 1,525 800 725
Algerian 20 0 0
Berber 0 0 0
Coptic 80 50 30
Dinka 0 0 0
Egyptian 920 460 460
Libyan 340 190 150
Maure 0 0 0
Moroccan 140 70 70
Sudanese 65 45 25
Tunisian 0 0 0
North African origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 46 80 40 45
Southern and East African origins 1,705 910 800
Afrikaner 155 0 55
Amhara 0 0 0
Bantu, n.o.s. 0 0 0
Burundian 0 0 0
Eritrean 65 0 40
Ethiopian 250 140 105
Harari 0 0 0
Kenyan 70 40 30
Malagasy 0 0 0
Mauritian 45 20 20
Oromo 85 0 55
Rwandan 90 0 70
Seychellois 0 0 0
Somali 280 170 115
South African 310 140 170
Tanzanian 15 0 0
Tigrian 0 0 0
Ugandan 80 50 25
Zambian 165 75 90
Zimbabwean 20 15 0
Zulu 0 0 0
Southern and East African origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 47 135 90 45
Other African origins 11,075 5,500 5,575
Black, n.o.s.National Household Survey data footnote 48 1,755 785 975
Other African origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 49 9,405 4,740 4,665
Asian origins 31,875 16,275 15,600
West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins 14,715 7,955 6,755
Afghan 350 160 195
Arab, n.o.s. 1,420 945 470
Armenian 360 215 145
Assyrian 0 0 0
Azerbaijani 15 0 0
Georgian 0 0 0
Iranian 1,245 665 575
Iraqi 445 195 255
Israeli 35 15 20
Jordanian 360 225 130
Kazakh 0 0 0
Kurd 55 40 20
Kuwaiti 265 150 115
Lebanese 7,245 3,745 3,500
Palestinian 575 315 265
Pashtun 0 0 0
Saudi Arabian 670 485 185
Syrian 940 385 555
Tajik 30 0 25
Tatar 25 20 0
Turk 435 240 190
Uighur 0 0 0
Uzbek 135 90 50
Yemeni 245 155 90
West Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 50 410 245 165
South Asian origins 5,935 3,060 2,880
Bangladeshi 325 165 160
Bengali 60 25 35
East IndianNational Household Survey data footnote 48 4,640 2,435 2,200
Goan 0 0 0
Gujarati 0 0 0
Kashmiri 35 0 20
Nepali 175 90 85
Pakistani 490 240 250
Punjabi 15 0 0
Sinhalese 10 0 10
Sri Lankan 305 165 140
Tamil 45 20 25
South Asian origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 51 95 50 50
East and Southeast Asian origins 11,365 5,305 6,055
Burmese 65 0 50
Cambodian (Khmer) 0 0 0
Chinese 7,065 3,535 3,535
Filipino 2,115 900 1,210
Hmong 0 0 0
Indonesian 155 55 100
Japanese 530 180 355
Korean 1,160 475 690
Laotian 0 0 0
Malaysian 60 25 30
Mongolian 0 0 0
Singaporean 0 0 0
Taiwanese 235 105 125
Thai 40 0 30
Tibetan 35 0 25
Vietnamese 595 255 335
East and Southeast Asian origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 52 10 0 10
Other Asian origins 220 100 115
Other Asian origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 53 220 95 120
Oceania origins 685 440 245
Australian 495 335 155
New Zealander 185 100 75
Pacific Islands origins 45 25 15
Fijian 0 0 0
Hawaiian 20 0 0
Maori 0 0 0
Polynesian, n.o.s. 20 20 0
Samoan 0 0 0
Pacific Islands origins, n.i.e.National Household Survey data footnote 54 0 0 0

National Household Survey data: Footnotes

Footnote 35

This is a total population estimate.  The sum of the ethnic groups in this table is greater than the total population estimate because a person may report more than one ethnic origin in the NHS.

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Footnote 36

Includes general responses indicating North American origins (e.g., 'North American') as well as more specific responses indicating North American origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Maritimer,' 'Manitoban').

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Footnote 37

Includes general responses indicating British Isles origins (e.g., 'British,' 'United Kingdom') as well as more specific responses indicating British Isles origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Celtic').

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Footnote 38

Includes general responses indicating Western European origins (e.g., 'Western European') as well as more specific responses indicating Western European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Liechtensteiner').

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Footnote 39

Includes general responses indicating Northern European origins (e.g., 'Northern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Northern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Faroese,' 'Scandinavian').

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Footnote 40

Includes general responses indicating Eastern European origins (e.g., 'Eastern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Eastern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Baltic').

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Footnote 41

Includes general responses indicating Southern European origins (e.g., 'Southern European') as well as more specific responses indicating Southern European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Gibraltarian').

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Footnote 42

Includes general responses indicating Other European origins (e.g., 'European') as well as more specific responses indicating European origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Central European').

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Footnote 43

Includes general responses indicating Caribbean origins (e.g., 'Caribbean') as well as more specific responses indicating Caribbean origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Guadelupian,' 'Aruban').

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Footnote 44

Includes general responses indicating Latin, Central or South American origins (e.g., 'South American') as well as more specific responses indicating Latin, Central or South American origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Surinamese').

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Footnote 45

Includes general responses indicating Central or West African origins (e.g., 'West African') as well as more specific responses indicating Central or West African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Ewe,' 'Wolof').

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Footnote 46

Includes general responses indicating North African origins (e.g., 'North African') as well as more specific responses indicating North African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Maghreb').

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Footnote 47

Includes general responses indicating Southern or East African origins (e.g., 'East African') as well as more specific responses indicating Southern or East African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Hutu,' 'Shona').

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Footnote 48

Some respondents may choose to provide very specific ethnic origins in the National Household Survey (NHS), while other respondents may choose to give more general responses. This means that two respondents with the same ethnic ancestry could have different response patterns and thus could be counted as having different ethnic origins. For example, one respondent may report 'East Indian' ethnic origin while another respondent, with a similar ancestral background, may report 'Punjabi' or 'South Asian' origins; one respondent may report 'Black' while another, similar respondent, may report 'Ghanaian' or 'African.' As a result, ethnic origin data are very fluid, and counts for certain origins, such as 'East Indian' and 'Black,' may seem lower than initially expected. Users who wish to obtain broader response counts may wish to combine data for one or more ethnic origins together or use counts for ethnic categories such as 'South Asian origins' or 'African origins.' (Please note, however, that 'African origins' should not be considered equivalent to the 'Black' population group or visible minority status, as there are persons reporting African origins who report a population group or visible minority status other than 'Black.' Conversely, many people report a population group or visible minority status of 'Black' and do not report having 'African' origins. For information on population group and visible minority population in the 2011 NHS, refer to the appropriate definitions in this publication.)

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Footnote 49

Includes general responses indicating Other African origins (e.g., 'African') as well as more specific responses indicating Other African origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Saharan').

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Footnote 50

Includes general responses indicating West Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins (e.g., 'West Asian,' 'Middle Eastern') as well as more specific responses indicating West Asian, Central Asian and Middle Eastern origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Baloch,' 'Circassian').

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Footnote 51

Includes general responses indicating South Asian origins (e.g., 'South Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating South Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Bhutanese').

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Footnote 52

Includes general responses indicating East and Southeast Asian origins (e.g., 'Southeast Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating East and Southeast Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Bruneian,' 'Karen').

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Footnote 53

Includes general responses indicating Other Asian origins (e.g., 'Asian') as well as more specific responses indicating Other Asian origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Eurasian').

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Footnote 54

Includes general responses indicating Pacific Islands origins (e.g., 'Pacific Islander') as well as more specific responses indicating Pacific Islands origins that have not been included elsewhere (e.g., 'Tahitian').

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How to cite

How to cite: Statistics Canada. 2013. Nova Scotia (Code 12) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 National Household Survey. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released September 11, 2013.
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed September 20, 2021).

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Census data, Nova Scotia. Table summary
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

(Province)
Total Male Female
Population and dwelling counts
Population in 2011Census data footnote 1 921,727 ... ...
Population in 2006Census data footnote 1 913,462 ... ...
2006 to 2011 population change (%) 0.9 ... ...
Total private dwellingsCensus data footnote 2 442,155 ... ...
Private dwellings occupied by usual residentsCensus data footnote 3 390,279 ... ...
Population density per square kilometre 17.4 ... ...
Land area (square km) 52,939.44 ... ...
Age characteristics
Total population by age groupsCensus data footnote 4 921,730 445,585 476,140
0 to 4 years 43,985 22,565 21,415
5 to 9 years 44,425 22,660 21,765
10 to 14 years 49,810 25,555 24,260
15 to 19 years 57,440 29,235 28,205
15 years 11,060 5,555 5,505
16 years 11,095 5,690 5,405
17 years 11,425 5,800 5,625
18 years 11,775 6,065 5,705
19 years 12,085 6,125 5,965
20 to 24 years 59,620 30,055 29,560
25 to 29 years 51,920 25,405 26,515
30 to 34 years 51,545 24,470 27,070
35 to 39 years 56,380 26,835 29,545
40 to 44 years 62,115 29,895 32,220
45 to 49 years 76,275 37,010 39,265
50 to 54 years 77,465 37,465 39,995
55 to 59 years 70,960 34,200 36,760
60 to 64 years 66,425 32,310 34,115
65 to 69 years 48,920 23,840 25,075
70 to 74 years 36,395 17,300 19,095
75 to 79 years 27,655 12,460 15,195
80 to 84 years 20,015 8,040 11,975
85 years and over 20,385 6,285 14,105
Median age of the populationCensus data footnote 5 43.7 42.7 44.6
% of the population aged 15 and over 85.0 84.1 85.8
Marital status
Total population 15 years and over by marital statusCensus data footnote 6 783,510 374,810 408,700
Married or living with a common-law partner 453,095 226,305 226,790
Married (and not separated) 376,020 187,865 188,155
Living common law 77,075 38,440 38,635
Not married and not living with a common-law partner 330,420 148,505 181,915
Single (never legally married) 209,180 109,775 99,405
Separated 23,545 10,105 13,445
Divorced 46,065 18,690 27,375
Widowed 51,625 9,940 41,690
Family characteristics
Total number of census families in private householdsCensus data footnote 7 270,065 ... ...
Size of census family: 2 persons 150,500 ... ...
Size of census family: 3 persons 58,590 ... ...
Size of census family: 4 persons 44,395 ... ...
Size of census family: 5 or more persons 16,585 ... ...
Total number of census families in private householdsCensus data footnote 8 270,065 ... ...
Total couple families by family structure and number of children 223,330 ... ...
Married couples 184,870 ... ...
Without children at home 97,760 ... ...
With children at home 87,110 ... ...
1 child 37,995 ... ...
2 children 35,820 ... ...
3 or more children 13,295 ... ...
Common-law couples 38,460 ... ...
Without children at home 23,475 ... ...
With children at home 14,985 ... ...
1 child 7,780 ... ...
2 children 5,015 ... ...
3 or more children 2,190 ... ...
Total lone-parent families by sex of parent and number of children 46,730 ... ...
Female parent 37,625 ... ...
1 child 22,970 ... ...
2 children 10,630 ... ...
3 or more children 4,025 ... ...
Male parent 9,110 ... ...
1 child 6,295 ... ...
2 children 2,185 ... ...
3 or more children 625 ... ...
Total children in census families in private households 248,885 ... ...
Under six years of age 52,315 ... ...
6 to 14 years 84,720 ... ...
15 to 17 years 32,250 ... ...
18 to 24 years 50,960 ... ...
25 years and over 28,640 ... ...
Average number of children at home per census family 0.9 ... ...
Household and dwelling characteristics
Total number of persons in private households 906,175 439,230 466,940
Number of persons not in census families 163,895 74,725 89,165
Living with relativesCensus data footnote 9 17,670 7,250 10,420
Living with non-relatives only 37,430 20,250 17,180
Living alone 108,795 47,225 61,570
Number of census family persons 742,285 364,505 377,775
Average number of persons per census family 2.7 ... ...
Total number of persons aged 65 years and over in private households 143,825 65,235 78,595
Number of persons not in census families aged 65 years and over 48,920 14,375 34,550
Living with relativesCensus data footnote 9 6,250 1,570 4,675
Living with non-relatives only 2,710 1,275 1,430
Living alone 39,970 11,530 28,440
Number of census family persons aged 65 years and over 94,905 50,860 44,045
Total number of private households by household typeCensus data footnote 10 390,280 ... ...
Census-family households 264,450 ... ...
One-family-only householdsCensus data footnote 11 244,655 ... ...
Couple-family householdsCensus data footnote 12 207,890 ... ...
Without children 112,780 ... ...
With children 95,110 ... ...
Lone-parent-family households 36,770 ... ...
Other family householdsCensus data footnote 13 19,795 ... ...
One-family households with persons not in a census family 14,305 ... ...
Couple-family householdsCensus data footnote 14 8,630 ... ...
Without children 4,200 ... ...
With children 4,435 ... ...
Lone-parent-family households 5,670 ... ...
Two-or-more-family households 5,490 ... ...
Non-census-family households 125,825 ... ...
One-person households 108,795 ... ...
Two-or-more-person households 17,030 ... ...
Total number of occupied private dwellings by structural type of dwellingCensus data footnote 15 390,280 ... ...
Single-detached house 260,435 ... ...
Apartment, building that has five or more storeys 17,880 ... ...
Movable dwellingCensus data footnote 16 14,175 ... ...
Other dwellingCensus data footnote 17 97,790 ... ...
Semi-detached house 19,450 ... ...
Row house 9,180 ... ...
Apartment, duplex 11,970 ... ...
Apartment, building that has fewer than five storeys 56,485 ... ...
Other single-attached house 710 ... ...
Total number of private households by household sizeCensus data footnote 18 390,280 ... ...
1 person 108,795 ... ...
2 persons 149,105 ... ...
3 persons 62,005 ... ...
4 persons 47,900 ... ...
5 persons 15,995 ... ...
6 or more persons 6,480 ... ...
Number of persons in private households 906,175 ... ...
Average number of persons in private households 2.3 ... ...
Detailed mother tongue
Detailed mother tongue - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,620 441,190 469,425
  Single responses  904,285 438,165 466,125
    English  836,085 404,330 431,760
    French  31,105 15,005 16,100
    Non-official languages  37,090 18,825 18,260
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 4,685 2,280 2,405
        Atikamekw    0 0 0
        Cree, n.o.s.  25 15 15
        Dene  5 0 0
        Innu/Montagnais  0 0 0
        Inuktitut  25 5 20
        Mi'kmaq  4,620 2,255 2,370
        Ojibway  15 5 10
        Oji-Cree  0 0 0
        Stoney  0 0 0
Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 31,675 16,170 15,510
        African languages, n.i.e 70 40 35
        Afrikaans  75 45 35
        Akan (Twi)  50 25 30
        Albanian  245 130 120
        Amharic  150 80 70
        Arabic  5,965 3,525 2,440
        Armenian  50 30 20
        Bantu languages, n.i.e 100 55 45
        Bengali  375 210 165
        Berber languages (Kabyle)  0 0 5
        Bisayan languages  85 30 55
        Bosnian  90 45 45
        Bulgarian  50 30 25
        Burmese  10 10 5
        Cantonese  590 275 315
        Chinese, n.o.s.  2,750 1,395 1,355
        Creoles  45 20 25
        Croatian  210 110 100
        Czech  180 95 90
        Danish  175 95 85
        Dutch  1,725 860 865
        Estonian  55 25 25
        Finnish  95 40 50
        Flemish  30 10 15
        Fukien  15 10 10
        German  3,275 1,545 1,735
        Greek  775 385 385
        Gujarati  105 60 50
        Hakka  0 5 0
        Hebrew  75 45 30
        Hindi  515 265 250
        Hungarian  280 130 150
        Ilocano  25 5 15
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e 45 25 20
        Italian  790 445 345
        Japanese  305 95 210
        Khmer (Cambodian)  5 5 5
        Korean  815 360 455
        Kurdish  70 45 30
        Lao  10 10 0
        Latvian  65 35 30
        Lingala  10 0 10
        Lithuanian  35 15 20
        Macedonian  15 5 5
        Malay  65 20 45
        Malayalam  115 55 55
        Maltese  20 10 5
        Mandarin  905 435 470
        Marathi  30 15 15
        Nepali  225 120 105
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e 110 60 45
        Norwegian  125 70 55
        Oromo  35 30 10
        Panjabi (Punjabi)  375 205 170
        Pashto  70 35 35
        Persian (Farsi)  1,185 635 550
        Polish  825 385 440
        Portuguese  380 195 185
        Romanian  170 80 85
        Rundi (Kirundi)  15 5 5
        Russian  815 395 430
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda)  5 5 0
        Semitic languages, n.i.e 15 10 10
        Serbian  115 55 55
        Serbo-Croatian  105 55 55
        Shanghainese  5 5 0
        Sign languages, n.i.e 120 60 60
        Sindhi  15 10 0
        Sinhala (Sinhalese)  110 65 45
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e 0 0 5
        Slavic languages, n.i.e 10 5 10
        Slovak  120 50 70
        Slovenian  30 15 15
        Somali  40 20 20
        Spanish  1,545 750 800
        Swahili  75 45 35
        Swedish  85 40 50
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)  1,185 500 685
        Taiwanese  40 15 25
        Tamil  270 155 110
        Telugu  125 75 50
        Thai  110 20 90
        Tibetan languages  5 0 0
        Tigrigna  55 30 30
        Turkish  275 160 110
        Ukrainian  300 130 165
        Urdu  540 290 250
        Vietnamese  450 220 230
        Yiddish  25 10 10
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 725 380 345
  Multiple responses          6,335 3,025 3,305
    English and French  3,035 1,400 1,635
    English and non-official language  2,855 1,385 1,470
    French and non-official language  315 170 150
    English, French and non-official language 130 75 55
Knowledge of official languages
Knowledge of official languages - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,615 441,190 469,430
  English only 814,670 398,830 415,845
  French only 875 385 490
  English and French 93,435 41,245 52,185
  Neither English nor French 1,635 735 900
First official language spoken
First official language spoken - Total population excluding institutional residentsCensus data footnote 19 910,615 441,190 469,430
  English 877,990 425,370 452,620
  French 29,550 14,410 15,135
  English and French 1,565 740 820
  Neither English nor French 1,515 670 845
Official language minority (number)Census data footnote 23 30,330 14,780 15,550
Official language minority (percentage)Census data footnote 23 3.3 3.4 3.3
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
  Single responses 903,215 437,540 465,675
    English 868,765 420,340 448,425
    French 15,935 7,625 8,315
    Non-official languages 18,510 9,570 8,940
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 2,770 1,395 1,380
        Atikamekw   0 0 0
        Cree, n.o.s. 5 0 0
        Dene 0 0 0
        Innu/Montagnais 0 0 0
        Inuktitut 0 0 0
        Mi'kmaq 2,770 1,390 1,375
        Ojibway 5 0 5
        Oji-Cree 0 0 0
        Stoney 0 0 0
      Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 15,500 8,060 7,440
        African languages, n.i.e. 35 15 20
        Afrikaans 20 10 10
        Akan (Twi) 10 10 5
        Albanian 125 60 60
        Amharic 70 35 35
        Arabic 3,495 2,030 1,465
        Armenian 15 10 10
        Bantu languages, n.i.e. 10 5 10
        Bengali 230 115 110
        Berber languages (Kabyle) 0 0 0
        Bisayan languages 30 15 15
        Bosnian 50 25 25
        Bulgarian 10 5 10
        Burmese 5 5 5
        Cantonese 320 165 155
        Chinese, n.o.s. 1,985 1,040 950
        Creoles 30 10 15
        Croatian 75 40 35
        Czech 45 20 25
        Danish 15 5 10
        Dutch 190 85 105
        Estonian 5 0 5
        Finnish 10 5 0
        Flemish 0 0 5
        Fukien 5 0 0
        German 1,170 565 605
        Greek 270 115 150
        Gujarati 50 25 25
        Hakka 0 0 0
        Hebrew 25 15 10
        Hindi 215 110 105
        Hungarian 65 30 30
        Ilocano 0 5 0
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e. 20 5 10
        Italian 170 75 95
        Japanese 130 60 70
        Khmer (Cambodian) 5 0 0
        Korean 560 265 295
        Kurdish 55 35 20
        Lao 0 0 0
        Latvian 15 10 10
        Lingala 5 5 5
        Lithuanian 5 5 5
        Macedonian 5 0 5
        Malay 20 10 10
        Malayalam 35 20 20
        Maltese 0 0 0
        Mandarin 660 340 320
        Marathi 25 15 10
        Nepali 210 110 100
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e. 30 10 15
        Norwegian 20 10 10
        Oromo 20 15 5
        Panjabi (Punjabi) 180 95 80
        Pashto 35 20 15
        Persian (Farsi) 935 480 455
        Polish 255 125 130
        Portuguese 120 55 60
        Romanian 85 35 40
        Rundi (Kirundi) 10 5 0
        Russian 510 260 245
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda) 0 0 0
        Semitic languages, n.i.e. 10 10 5
        Serbian 60 25 35
        Serbo-Croatian 50 20 25
        Shanghainese 0 0 0
        Sign languages, n.i.e. 195 110 85
        Sindhi 5 0 5
        Sinhala (Sinhalese) 45 25 25
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e. 0 0 0
        Slavic languages, n.i.e. 5 0 5
        Slovak 30 10 20
        Slovenian 5 0 0
        Somali 20 5 10
        Spanish 775 390 385
        Swahili 20 10 15
        Swedish 10 5 5
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) 550 275 275
        Taiwanese 15 10 5
        Tamil 130 80 50
        Telugu 55 30 25
        Thai 60 5 55
        Tibetan languages 0 0 0
        Tigrigna 25 15 10
        Turkish 140 70 70
        Ukrainian 25 5 20
        Urdu 320 155 165
        Vietnamese 280 145 135
        Yiddish 0 0 0
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 235 120 115
  Multiple responses         7,405 3,655 3,755
    English and French 1,815 860 950
    English and non-official language 5,295 2,640 2,655
    French and non-official language 115 60 60
    English, French and non-official language 180 85 90
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
  None 863,715 418,680 445,030
  Single responses  46,065 22,110 23,960
    English  16,325 8,230 8,095
    French  15,705 6,975 8,730
    Non-official languages  14,035 6,900 7,130
      Selected Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 20 1,945 900 1,045
        Atikamekw    0 0 0
        Cree, n.o.s.  10 5 5
        Dene  5 0 0
        Innu/Montagnais  0 0 0
        Inuktitut  30 10 20
        Mi'kmaq  1,890 880 1,015
        Ojibway  10 5 5
        Oji-Cree  0 0 0
        Stoney  0 0 0
      Selected non-Aboriginal languagesCensus data footnote 21 11,385 5,685 5,705
        African languages, n.i.e 15 10 10
        Afrikaans  55 25 30
        Akan (Twi)  35 20 20
        Albanian  95 45 45
        Amharic  40 25 20
        Arabic  1,995 1,175 825
        Armenian  20 10 5
        Bantu languages, n.i.e 45 25 25
        Bengali  95 60 35
        Berber languages (Kabyle)  0 0 0
        Bisayan languages  15 5 10
        Bosnian  35 20 15
        Bulgarian  25 15 10
        Burmese  5 0 0
        Cantonese  195 100 90
        Chinese, n.o.s.  490 225 265
        Creoles  80 25 55
        Croatian  70 25 40
        Czech  55 20 35
        Danish  60 30 30
        Dutch  550 260 285
        Estonian  20 5 15
        Finnish  25 10 10
        Flemish  5 0 5
        Fukien  10 0 5
        German  1,255 605 645
        Greek  435 225 205
        Gujarati  40 15 20
        Hakka  0 0 0
        Hebrew  85 45 35
        Hindi  310 165 145
        Hungarian  90 35 50
        Ilocano  5 0 5
        Indo-Iranian languages, n.i.e 15 5 5
        Italian  365 190 170
        Japanese  205 85 115
        Khmer (Cambodian)  5 0 0
        Korean  205 95 110
        Kurdish  10 5 5
        Lao  0 0 0
        Latvian  25 10 10
        Lingala  5 0 5
        Lithuanian  5 0 5
        Macedonian  5 5 5
        Malay  30 10 15
        Malayalam  55 20 35
        Maltese  15 5 10
        Mandarin  225 110 120
        Marathi  5 5 5
        Nepali  5 5 5
        Niger-Congo languages, n.i.e 65 30 35
        Norwegian  55 25 30
        Oromo  5 5 0
        Panjabi (Punjabi)  125 60 60
        Pashto  10 5 5
        Persian (Farsi)  210 125 85
        Polish  280 135 140
        Portuguese  175 85 85
        Romanian  60 25 35
        Rundi (Kirundi)  5 0 0
        Russian  230 105 120
        Rwanda (Kinyarwanda)  5 5 0
        Semitic languages, n.i.e 10 5 5
        Serbian  40 25 20
        Serbo-Croatian  45 20 25
        Shanghainese  0 0 0
        Sign languages, n.i.e 220 90 135
        Sindhi  0 5 0
        Sinhala (Sinhalese)  45 30 20
        Sino-Tibetan languages, n.i.e 0 0 0
        Slavic languages, n.i.e 0 0 0
        Slovak  55 25 30
        Slovenian  15 5 5
        Somali  15 10 5
        Spanish  1,050 485 560
        Swahili  75 40 35
        Swedish  60 20 35
        Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino)  435 165 275
        Taiwanese  15 10 5
        Tamil  105 60 45
        Telugu  40 20 15
        Thai  30 5 20
        Tibetan languages  5 5 0
        Tigrigna  20 10 10
        Turkish  120 65 50
        Ukrainian  75 30 45
        Urdu  170 90 80
        Vietnamese  105 45 55
        Yiddish  10 5 5
      Other languagesCensus data footnote 22 705 325 380
  Multiple responses          840 400 435
    English and French  95 45 45
    English and non-official language  175 80 90
    French and non-official language  560 265 300
    English, French and non-official language  5 5 5

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Census data: Footnotes

Footnote 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Non-relatives may be present.

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Footnote 10

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

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

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Footnote 12

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

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Footnote 13

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

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

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Footnote 15

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

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

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Footnote 17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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How to cite

How to cite: Statistics Canada. 2013. Nova Scotia (Code 12) (table). National Household Survey (NHS) Profile. 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE. Ottawa. Released June 26, 2013.
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/nhs-enm/2011/dp-pd/prof/index.cfm?Lang=E (accessed September 20, 2021).

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