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19%
Overall NAT. AVG.
6%
Goods & Services NAT. AVG.
79%
Housing NAT. AVG.
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Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from Statistics Canada.
The cost of living index is based on a national average of 100. For example, if the cost of living is 90, then it is 10% lower than average. If the cost of living is 110, then it is 10% higher than average. The breakdown for each index is as follows: goods & services (33%), groceries (13%), health care (5%), housing (30%), transportation (9%) and utilities (10%). If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
Index Cape Breton Nova Scotia National
Cost of living8192100
Goods & Services106113100
Groceries103103100
Health care9293100
Housing2149100
Transportation9196100
Utilities141142100
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Cost Of Living Quick Facts

  • The cost of living in Cape Breton is 11% lower than the Nova Scotia average
  • The cost of living in Cape Breton is 19% lower than the national average
  • Cape Breton housing is 79% lower than the national average
  • Nova Scotia general sales tax is 67% higher than the national average
  • Nova Scotia state income tax is 4% higher than the national average

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      Nova Scotia Sales Tax

      State General Sales Tax With Max Surtax
      Nova Scotia 10% 15%

      Nova Scotia Income Tax

      State Income Tax (Low) Income Tax (High)
      Nova Scotia 8.79% 21%

      Goods & Services

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      Personal Care $87.00$94.337.8%
      Recreation $104.00$102.331.6%

      Groceries

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish $96.00$102.276.1%
      Dairy Products and Eggs $104.00$104.670.6%
      Bakery and Cereal Products $109.00$111.672.4%
      Fruit and Vegetables $107.00$113.405.6%
      Alcoholic Beverages $107.00$105.801.1%

      Health Care

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      Doctor $97.00$101.074.0%

      Housing

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      Home Price ($) $146,202.00$663,503.0078.0%
      Apartment Rent ($) $849.00$1,274.0033.4%

      Transportation

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      Gasoline $96.00$102.075.9%

      Utilities

      Item Cape Breton National avg. Difference
      All Electricity $95.00$98.603.7%
      Although the cost of living data is updated regularly, this cost of living information is to be used as estimates only as prices can change on an ongoing basis.

      Nearby cities with low cost of living

      City Population Cost of Living Index National Avg.
      Membertou 28B, NS1,0708118.6%
      Cape Breton, NS94,5738118.6%

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      Cape Breton, NS94,5738118.6%
      Date & Last Updated: This data reflects 2020 and was released from Statistics Canada.