Amherst's population declines

Stats Canada releases 2016 census data

Published on February 8, 2017

Amherst saw its population decline by 3.1 from 2011 according to the 2016 census.

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AMHERST – Amherst’s population is shrinking.

Statistics Canada released population information from its 2016 census on Wednesday and it shows the number of people living in the town decreased by 3.1 per cent from 2011.

There were 9,413 people living in Amherst in 2016, compared to 9,717 in 2011. It’s also lower than the 2006 census, when there were 9,505 living in the town.

Provincially, the population of Nova Scotia increased by .2 per cent to 923,598.

Cumberland County’s population, which in the census included the former town of Springhill, dropped by 4.3 per cent to 30,005 from 31,353, while Parrsboro – which was still a town at the time of the census – saw its population decline by 7.7 per cent to 1,205 from 1,305 in 2011.

Oxford, on the other hand, saw its population increase by 3.4 per cent to 1,190 from 1,151.

Just across the border, Sackville, N.B. saw its population drop by 4.1 per cent to 5,331.

Here’s a look at other municipalities in Nova Scotia:

Truro: 12,261 (1.7 %)

New Glasgow: 9,075 (-5.1%)

Kentville: 6,271 (2.9 %)

Bridgewater: 8,532 (3.5%)

Yarmouth: 6,518 (-3.6%)

Halifax: 403,131 (3.3%)

CBRM: 94,285 (-3.2%)

Colchester County: 50,585 (-0.8%)

Pictou County: 43,748 (-4.2%)

Kings County: 60,600 (0%)