Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a growth spurt

Stats show East Hants as the only mu­nic­i­pal­ity with more young peo­ple than se­niors

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN CHISHOLM HANTSJOURNAL. CA

Nova Sco­tia’s ag­ing pop­u­la­tion presents a va­ri­ety of is­sues, and in­creased health­care costs and a shrink­ing labour force are the two big ones.

It’s an is­sue that is vir­tu­ally uni­ver­sal across the en­tire prov­ince — ex­cept for one re­gion.

East Hants is the only ju­ris­dic­tion in Nova Sco­tia that has more young peo­ple ( aged in­fant to 14) than se­niors ( 65+), ac­cord­ing to a re­cent so­cioe­co­nomic study backed up by num­bers via Statis­tics Canada.

With 23,542 res­i­dents, East Hants, in­clud­ing In­dian Brook, has 3,915 peo­ple un­der 15 years of age, rep­re­sent­ing 17.5 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion. There are 3,450 peo­ple over the age of 65, rep­re­sent­ing 15.4 per cent.

For com­par­i­son sake, in Kings County, in­fants to 14- year- olds make up 15 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, while 65 and older makes up 21 per cent.

East Hants even beats out HRM, Nova Sco­tia’s most pop­u­lated mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which has 15 per cent in­fant to 14- yearolds and 15.7 per cent of peo­ple who are 65 and over.

It’s good news for the gov­ern­ment of East Hants, as it shows that more young cou­ples are de­cid­ing to put down roots and raise fam­i­lies there.

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