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Overall 9%
Goods & Services 13%
Housing 58%
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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. If the cost of living data was unavailable for this city, estimates based upon nearby cities were used.
IndexHalifaxNova ScotiaNational
Cost of living9192100
Goods & Services113113100
Groceries103103100
Health care9393100
Housing4249100
Transportation9696100
Utilities142142100

Key findings

  • The cost of living in Halifax is 1% lower than the Nova Scotia average
  • The cost of living in Halifax is 9% lower than the national average
  • Halifax housing is 58% lower than the national average
  • Nova Scotia sales tax is 67% higher than the national average
  • Nova Scotia income tax is 4% higher than the national average

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      Nova Scotia Sales Tax

      ProvinceProvincial TaxTotal Tax Rate
      Nova Scotia10%15%

      Nova Scotia Income Tax

      ProvinceIncome Tax (Low)Income Tax (High)
      Nova Scotia8.79%21%

      Goods & Services

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      Personal Care 86948.8%
      Recreation 1041021.6%

      Groceries

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      Meat, Poultry and Fish 961026.1%
      Dairy Products and Eggs 1011053.5%
      Bakery and Cereal Products 1071124.2%
      Fruit and Vegetables 1051137.4%
      Alcoholic Beverages 1011064.5%

      Health Care

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      Doctor 1011010.1%

      Housing

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      Home Price ($) 356,972663,50346.2%
      Apartment Rent ($) 1,6251,27427.6%

      Transportation

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      Gasoline 951026.9%

      Utilities

      ItemHalifaxNational avg.Difference
      All Electricity99990.4%
      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

      CityPopulationCost of Living IndexNational Avg.
      Cole Harbour 30, NS230909.6%
      Wallace Hills 14A, NS11918.9%
      Halifax, NS451,852919.3%

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      Virginia Beach, VA449,733n/a 
      Colorado Springs, CO448,759n/a 
      Atlanta, GA456,378n/a 
      Laval, QC445,0507822.5%
      Omaha, NE443,072n/a 
      Halifax, NS451,852919.3%
      Source: The Halifax, NS data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada 2020.