Demographics and workforce
Median Individual Income
% of individuals with Post Secondary Education
The Annapolis Valley population is estimated at 128,187. This is a 3.6% increase over 2016 levels. Nova Scotia’s overall population growth rate has been increasing in recent years and the Annapolis Valley has proven itself as a top destination of choice for new residents. And with so much to offer here in the Valley, that’s no surprise to us.
The Annapolis Valley has some of Nova Scotia’s top post-secondary institutions. We’re home to Acadia University, one of the Top 5 undergraduate universities in Canada. We’re also home to the Nova Scotia Community College’s Annapolis Valley and Kingstec campuses.
With almost 61% of Annapolis Valley residents holding a post-secondary degree or certificate, businesses are sure to find the skilled talent they need to grow and succeed.
ready to work.
We have over 61,000 of Nova Scotia’s best workers right here in the Valley. As of January 2020, our unemployment rate stands at 6.5%, 1.3% below the provincial rate. In fact, in terms of our unemployment rate, and aside from Halifax which is also at a 6.5% unemployment rate, the Annapolis Valley region performs better than all other areas of Nova Scotia.
Both the manufacturing and agriculture industries are significant employers in the Annapolis Valley and the concentration of agricultural employment in the region is significant when compared with provincial and national employment ratios. Still, the services sector accounts for the majority of jobs in the Annapolis Valley, with wholesale/retail trade and heathcare accounting for the majority of these jobs.
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