Town of Amherst
Full name: Town of Amherst
Geographic region: Cumberland (County)
In 2011, Amherst had a population of 9,717 representing a percentage change of 2.2% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.
The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Amherst was 20.9%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 63.5% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 15.4%. In comparison, the national percentages were 68.5% for the population aged 15 to 64 and 16.7% for the population aged 0 to 14.
Amherst occupies a land area of 12.02 square kilometres with a population density of 808.4 persons per square kilometre. This compares to Nova Scotia’s provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.
96.9% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.7% reported French only, and 1.2% reported a non-official language only, in 2011. In comparison, the provincial / territorial percentages were 91.8% for English only, 3.4% for French only and 4.1% for only non-official languages.
Method of Voting: Paper Ballot
Voter Turnout (2012): 38.39%
Offices to be elected:
- Mayor (elected at-large)
- 6 Councillors (elected at-large)
Find Your Candidates: www.localdecisions.ca/find_your_candidates
Total annual expenses: $ 18,809,829 (2016, Actual)
Total annual revenues: $ 20,635,019 (2016, Actual)
Residential tax rate: 1.63% (2016-17)
Conditional transfers from government: $1,073,534
Unconditional transfers from government: $1,260,382
- Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
- Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale
- Fire Services
- Police Services
- Parks and Recreation
- Waste, Compost & Recycling
- Water & Sewer
- Youth: Amherst Youth Town Council