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Halifax, Nova Scotia has a population of over 400,000 people and is the province’s capital city. Itis situated in the central portion of the province, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Halifax spans over 234 square kilometres and is located close to the communities of Dartmouth, Bedford, Beechville, and Ferguson’s Cove. The city features an interesting mix of urban and maritime traits, with both modern and historical elements.
The average residential sale prices in Halifax range between $250,000 and $350,000. In the northern section, both older and newer single-family homes are reasonably priced, with both the homes and yards being large. There are some affordable condo options in the area, as well as retail-based commercial properties. Vacant land is not common in this section. The central section offers more expensive single-family homes. Towards the downtown area, there are more condo options.Some vacant land is available, as well as commercial properties, most of which are retail or service-based. The southern section has higherpriced single-family homes. There are also some condo options in this section.Vacant lots tend to be more expensive here, and there are few commercial options.
Vacancy rates in Halifax have remained fairly stable over the past few years, hovering around 3% to 4%. Slower population growth, minimal rent increases, and construction of new apartment buildings have all contributed to the steady vacancy rates. Rent in the new buildings tends to be around $500 more per month than that in the older buildings.Other rental options in the city include houses, row houses, and duplexes. Depending on the area of the city, rent costs can range between $660 and $800 for a bachelor apartment,$620 and $1,030 for a one-bedroom apartment, $890 and $1,500 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $970 and $1,900 for a three-bedroom (or more) apartment.
Halifax is an important economic centre for the Maritime Region, and major industries in the city include business, government, and banking. Other important industries include trade, education, professional services, health care and social assistance, and public administration.In the rural areas, agriculture, forestry, natural gas extraction, mining, and fishing are common industries. The main employers in the area include the Department of National Defence, Bell Aliant, the Nova Scotia Health Authority, and the Port of Halifax.The city’s unemployment rate tends to sit around6% each year, which is on par with national averages.
Public transportation in the city is operated by Halifax Transit, which has a fleet of more than 300 buses that service over 60 routes throughout the city at all times of the day, and many are accessible for those with children, disabilities, or mobility issues. Halifax Transit also operates four passenger ferries, with two routes on the Halifax Harbour. Other transportation services in the city include VIA Rail (train), Greyhound (long-distance bus), and the Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
The Halifax Regional School Board operates public primary, middle, and secondary schools in the city. Examples of schools include Inglis Street Elementary, Fairview Heights Elementary, Rockingham Elementary, Joseph Howe Elementary, Clayton Park Junior High, St. Agnes Junior High, Citadel High, Halifax West High, and J. L. Ilsley High. Conseil scolaire acadien provincial operates French language public schools in the city. There are also a number of private schools, which are operated independently.
Post-secondary institutions in the city include Dalhousie University (offering undergraduate and graduate programs), Saint Mary’s University, University of King’s College, and Nova Scotia Community College.
The Museum of Natural History offers numerous exhibits on Nova Scotia’s cultural history, natural history, and landscape and ecosystems. The museum houses artifacts related to archeology, ethnology, mammals, and marine life, and also conducts research in these areas. Programs and events geared towards children are held throughout the year, and the building has a number of rental options for groups. Long Lake Provincial Park is located just 15 minutes from downtown Halifax and features 2,000 hectares of wilderness. Hiking, cycling, kayaking/canoeing, wildlife watching, and swimming are all popular activities in the park. Amenities include parking, washroom facilities, benches and bike racks. Halifax is also home to numerous historic sites, smaller parks, and community centres.