Municipality Profiles

County of Pictou

Full name: Municipality of Pictou County
Geographic region: Pictou County


In 2011, County of Pictou had a population of 45,643 representing a percentage change of -1.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

In 2011, the percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Pictou County was 17.5%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working-age population (15 to 64) was 68.1% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 14.4%. 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.

County of Pictou occupies a land area of 2,845.62 square kilometres with a population density of 16.0 persons per square kilometre. This compares to the provincial land area of 52,939.44 square kilometres with a population density of 17.4 persons per square kilometre.

97.3% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 1.0% reported French only, and 1.7% 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.

Election Notes

Method of Voting: Paper Ballots
Voter Turnout (2012): 50.51%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 12 Councillors (12 Districts)
  • Warden is elected by the members of council 

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Financial Information

Total annual expenses: $14,705,523 (2015 Actuals)
Total annual revenues: $17,100,533 (2015 Actuals)
Residential tax rate: 0.81% (2016)

School Boards

  • Chignecto-Central Regional School Board
  • Conseil scolaire acadien provinciale


  • Public Works
  • Rural Agriculture Economic Development
  • Community Recreation
  • Active Transportation

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