Household income 2%
Unemployment 21%
In labour force 5%
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IndexHalifaxNova ScotiaNational
Median household income$80,863$71,343$82,436
Unemployment rate5.1%5.7%6.4%
In labour force67.3%61.2%63.9%

Key findings

  • The median household income in Halifax is 2% lower than the national average
  • The unemployment rate in Halifax is 21% lower than the national average
  • In Halifax 8.9% of people earn $20,000 or less
  • In Halifax 11.5% of people earn between $80,000 and $100,000
  • In Halifax 2.3% of people earn $300,000 or more

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      Halifax employment by industry

      Labour TypePercent
      Construction industry4.1%
      Manufacturing sector2.9%
      Financial & insurance services3.2%
      Wholesale & retail services9.8%
      Public administration7.0%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities3.5%
      Education, health & social services14.0%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Wallace Hills 14A, NS11$55,00033.3%
      Cole Harbour 30, NS230$53,24635.4%
      Halifax, NS451,852$80,8631.9%

      Cities with similar population

      CityPopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Virginia Beach, VA449,733n/a 
      Colorado Springs, CO448,759n/a 
      Atlanta, GA456,378n/a 
      Laval, QC445,050$84,2112.2%
      Omaha, NE443,072n/a 
      Halifax, NS451,852$80,8631.9%
      Source: The Halifax, NS data and statistics displayed above are derived from Statistics Canada and updated for 2021 by Environics Analytics.