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Table 1 Community and population distribution by rurality (settlement types and rural–urban), socioeconomic deprivation, and social isolation in Nova Scotia, 2006

From: What type of rural? Assessing the variations in life expectancy at birth at small area-level for a small population province using classes of locally defined settlement types

  Number of communities Population (%) Population (%) Population total (%)
Female   Male
Settlement types        
Metro 14 131,065 29.97 147,024 31.32 278,089 30.67
Suburb 15 40,611 9.29 41,081 8.75 81,692 9.01
Big satellite town 14 58,194 13.31 65,786 14.01 123,980 13.67
Mid-size town 16 34,763 7.95 38,952 8.30 73,715 8.13
Small town 32 53,678 12.27 55,960 11.92 109,638 12.09
Village & settlement cluster 64 82,795 18.93 84,128 17.92 166,923 18.41
Sparse settlement 25 34,010 7.78 34,108 7.27 68,118 7.51
Urban–rural        
Urban 43 229,870 52.83 253,891 54.36 483,761 53.62
Rural 137 205,246 47.17 213,148 45.64 418,394 46.38
Material deprivation        
Lowest 36 152,233 34.99 165,173 35.37 317,406 35.18
2 36 92,891 21.35 100,164 21.45 193,055 21.4
3 36 75,597 17.37 80,960 17.33 156,557 17.35
4 36 66,957 15.39 71,790 15.37 138,747 15.38
Highest 36 47,438 10.9 48,952 10.48 96,390 10.68
Social isolation        
Lowest 36 78,841 18.12 79,844 17.1 158,685 17.59
2 36 54,690 12.57 56,397 12.08 111,087 12.31
3 36 77,269 17.76 80,809 17.3 158,078 17.52
4 36 54,956 12.63 57,314 12.27 112,270 12.44
Highest 36 169,360 38.92 192,675 41.25 362,035 40.13
Total 180 435,116 100.00 467,039 100.00 902,155 100.00
  1. Data: Census of Canada (2006), Nova Scotia Community Counts.