Municipality Profiles

Town of Parrsboro

Full name: Town of Parrsboro
Geographic region: Cumberland County


In 2011, Town of Parrsboro had a population of 1,305 representing a percentage change of -6.9% from 2006. This compares to the national average growth of 5.9%.

The percentage of the population aged 65 and over in Town of Parrsboro was 24.6%, compared with a national percentage of 14.8%. The percentage of the working age population (15 to 64) was 62.3% and the percentage of children aged 0 to 14 was 13.0%. 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.

Town of Parrsboro occupies a land area of 14.88 square kilometres with a population density of 87.7 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.

99.6% of the population reported English only as mother tongue, 0.4% reported French only, and 0% 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

Voter Turnout (2012): 68%
Offices to be elected: 

  • 1 Councillor (elected at-large)*

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*The Town of Parrsboro will dissolve and amalgamate with the County of Cumberland effective November 1, 2016. In the 2016 municipal elections, Parrsboro voters will elect one councillor who will join the County of Cumberland municipal council.

Financial Information

Residential tax rate: 1.75% (2016-17)

School Boards

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


  • Economic Development
  • Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Public Works
  • Protective Services
  • Solid Waste Disposal

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