Shared Prosperity

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Why it matters:

When there is a large gap between the rich and poor in our community, we are all affected. A large gap can lead to social problems, like health disparities and crime. It can also diminish economic growth if it means that the province is not fully using the skills and capabilities of all its citizens.

Low Income Thresholds/Poverty Rates

Low income thresholds are commonly known as poverty rates. Rates quoted below are based on the Market Basket Measure, After-Tax, 2008 base. For a comparison of these rates using the Low Income Cut Offs or Low Income Measures, please see the full report.

Overall Poverty Rate

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In 2009, the overall poverty rate in Nova Scotia was 13.1%, down 7.7% from 14.2% in 2000. Nova Scotia’s 2009 rate was 23.6% higher than the national rate of 10.6%.

Child Poverty Rate

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In 2009, the child poverty rate in Nova Scotia was 14.4%, down 14.8% from 16.9% in 2000. Nova Scotia’s 2009 rate was 24.1% higher than the national rate of 11.6%.

Elderly Poverty Rate

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In 2009, the elderly poverty rate in Nova Scotia was 8.7%, up 8.7% from 8.0% in 2000. Nova Scotia’s 2009 rate was 107.1% higher than the national rate of 4.2%.

Household Food Security Status

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Food security refers to the financial ability of households to access adequate food and is strongly related to household income.

In 2007, 8.7% of Nova Scotians reported being moderately or severely food insecure. This is 22.5% higher than the national level of 7.1%.

Median Before-Tax Income for Census Families by County (2006)

Top Three

1. Halifax ($66,867)
2. Antigonish ($57,234)
3. Hants ($55,635)

Bottom Three

1. Guysborough ($41,358)
2. Digby ($44,214)
3. Queens ($45,420)

Average and Median Before-Tax Incomes Male vs. Female

Greatest Difference in Average Incomes between Males and Females, Top Three Counties (2006)

County

Shelburne
Queens
Pictou

Males

$34,163
$33,687
$37,511

Females

$19,009
$20,501
$22,935

Difference

$15,154 or 44.4%
$13,186 or 39.1%
$14,576 or 38.9%

Greatest Difference in Median Incomes between Males and Females, Top Three Counties (2006)

County

Shelburne
Hants
Queens

Males

$29,358
$33,540
$28,308

Females

$15,625
$18,180
$15,913

Difference

$13,733 or 46.8%
$15,360 or 45.8%
$12,395 or 43.8%

Median IncomesClick to enlarge