Cape Breton 61 Average
Cape Breton Livability #25 ranked city in Nova Scotia#1,034 ranked city in CanadaRanks better than 96% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Cape Breton

  • Cost Of Living

    The overall cost of living in this area is much lower than average. This includes everyday goods and services, as well as housing, utilities and health care.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive things to say about the proximity of restaurants, grocery stores, parks, public transit, friendliness of neighbors, sense of community and overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Commute

    Public transportation is not readily available in this area and the average commute time to work could also be longer than the national average.

  • Employment

    A low score in the employment category could indicate that this area struggles with high unemployment rates and low household income and income per capita levels.

  • Schools

    Lower than average education levels, poor reading and math scores, as well as the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools could all be factors in the low schools score.

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      Cape Breton transportation information

      Statistic Cape Breton Nova Scotia National
      Workers who drive to work34.2%39.8%40.0%
      Workers who carpool3.6%3.8%3.0%
      Workers who take public transit1.2%3.5%7.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.1%0.4%0.8%
      Workers who walk1.9%3.4%3.2%
      Source: The Cape Breton, NS data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2021 by Environics Analytics.