Key Findings

Below are the headline data featured in the Halifax Index 2018. 

People                          Historical Population Growth by Source


  • Halifax has its second straight year of strong population growth, growing by 1.6% from 424,950 to 431,701. This was greater than the national growth rate of 1.2% and third among our benchmark cities: St. John's, Quebec City, Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo (KCW), Regina, and Victoria. 

  • Immigration was the key driver of this growth with Halifax welcoming over 4,500 international migrants. The past two years have been the two best for immigration growth since amalgamation in 1996. 



university Enrolments by Student Origin


  • Among those ages 25 to 64 in Halifax, 70% have at least some post-secondary education, with 38% holding a university degree or certificate.

  • International post-secondary enrolment hits its highest level ever in Halifax, reaching roughly 6,500 students.


Economy    Real GDP


  • Halifax's GDP grew by 1.7% in 2017, below both the national figure and most of the benchmark cities.

  • The Business Confidence Index for Halifax reached an all-time high in 2018, marking the fourth straight year of gains.


Quality of Place

Crime Severity Index and Annual Chance

  • The Crime Severity Index dropped again for Halifax.

  • In comparison to benchmark cities, Halifax fares well in terms of the population's participation in physical activity, but ranks poorly when it comes to good (fruit and vegetables) and bad (alcohol and tobacco) consumption. 


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