Municipality Profiles

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.

Election Notes

Method of Voting:  Paper Ballot
Voter Turnout (2012): 38.39%
Offices to be elected: 

  • Mayor (elected at-large)
  • 6 Councillors (elected at-large)

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Financial Information

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

School Boards

  • 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

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