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The Halifax Index: Quality of Place


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Health and social outcomes are directly linked to economic outcomes. They contribute to quality of life, attract investment, and allow the population to live up to its creative and productive potential.


Key Findings

  • Both total and violent crime rates fell to their lowest levels on record in 2012, with total crime rates dipping below the national average for the first time. This represents a huge improvement, but Halifax still has work to do to get violent crime rates down to the national average.
  • Growth in income in Halifax outpaced the national average in 2013 and was second among benchmark cities, and most importantly, outpaced growth in the cost of living. Poverty rates improved in 2011, marking the first year that the rate of poverty in Halifax fell below the national average.
  • Perceptions of physical and mental health declined slightly in 2012, as reported levels of physical activity declined for the second year in a row. Nevertheless, Halifax remains the second most-active city among benchmark cities.
  • Overall life satisfaction in Halifax remains very high, growing slightly in 2012 compared to 2011. However, residents’ sense of belonging dipped a little.
  • Employment in arts, culture, recreation, and sport increased by 700 people to 9,400 in 2013, Halifax’s highest level on record and the fifth straight year of growth.

Key Opportunity

Living affordability has perhaps the single-largest impact on quality of life, determining our ability to attract students, young professionals, and immigrants as well as determining the standard of living available to Halifax families. The cost of living and the average level of income are the two sides of the affordability coin. A strategy to increase living affordability in Halifax must include both cost control and income growth strategies.

View the full report for more detailed findings on the following topics (download pdf)

  • Safety
  • Affordability
  • Health
  • Community
  • Arts, Culture and Recreation

Download the 2014 Halifax Index

The 2014 Halifax Index tracks our progress towards many different indicators and our special analyses tackle two of our most pressing issues – the sustainability of our workforce and our innovation culture.

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The Halifax Index 2014 (PDF)

2014 Workbook (Excel)