Pictou, Nova Scotia Population Data & Demographics

This article shows the demographic data and statistics of Pictou. It is a town in Canada that encompasses a land area of 7.99 km2. The town has a population density of 388.70 people per km2.

We highlight the Pictou town's various population characteristics. From gender, age distribution, ethnicity, household and dwelling, and income to spoken languages, occupation, and religion.

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Population Characteristics

According to the latest census, Pictou has a population of around 3,107 people. The town's population is in decreased . Between 2016 and 2021, the population of Newfoundland and Labrador has decreased by -2.48%.

Population in 2016Population in 2021Difference
3,1863,107 --2.48%

Population By Genders

The male population of Pictou is around 1,455 while the female population is around 1,655.

Of the 3,107 total population in Pictou, the largest gender is female with around 1,655 women within the population.

1,4551,655 -12.08%

Population by Age Characteristics

Pictou has an aging population. The majority of the population is people aged 60 to 64 years old, accounting for 9.30% of the total population. The town median age is 53.20.

60 to 64 years145 10.00%145 8.80% 0.00%290 9.30%
70 to 74 years120 8.20%140 8.50% 14.29%260 8.40%
55 to 59 years110 7.60%140 8.50% 21.43%250 8.10%
65 to 69 years100 6.90%140 8.50% 28.57%240 7.70%
50 to 54 years90 6.20%115 6.90% 21.74%205 6.60%
45 to 49 years90 6.20%105 6.30% 14.29%195 6.30%
10 to 14 years95 6.50%80 4.80% 15.79%175 5.60%
75 to 79 years85 5.80%95 5.70% 10.53%175 5.60%
40 to 44 years75 5.20%100 6.00% 25.00%170 5.50%
20 to 24 years85 5.80%70 4.20% 17.65%150 4.80%
85 years and over55 3.80%90 5.40% 38.89%150 4.80%
15 to 19 years65 4.50%75 4.50% 13.33%140 4.50%
5 to 9 years80 5.50%60 3.60% 25.00%135 4.30%
0 to 4 years55 3.80%60 3.60% 8.33%115 3.70%
25 to 29 years65 4.50%55 3.30% 15.38%115 3.70%
30 to 34 years55 3.80%60 3.60% 8.33%115 3.70%
80 to 84 years50 3.40%70 4.20% 28.57%115 3.70%
35 to 39 years45 3.10%70 4.20% 35.71%110 3.50%
85 to 89 years30 2.10%40 2.40% 25.00%65 2.10%
90 to 94 years25 1.70%35 2.10% 28.57%65 2.10%
Median age of the population52 51.60%55 54.80% 5.47%53 53.20%

Broader Age Groups

If the town's population is divided into broader age groups, most of the population falls into the 15 to 64 years age group. The group accounts for 56.20% of the population. The other age groups, 65 years and over and 0 to 14 years, account for 30.30% and 13.50%, respectively.

If we look at the population data from the broader age groups, we can see that most people in Pictou are within the 15 to 64 years age group.

Average age of the population47.10%50.40%48.90%
65 years and over28.20%32.00%30.30%
0 to 14 years16.20%11.80%13.50%

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Population of Pictou by Ethnicity and Origin

The population of Pictou is quite diverse, which contributes to the town's vibrant cultural landscape. Pictou is inclusive and accepts various ethnic groups with open arms. Furthermore, the province appreciates the unique contributions that each ethnicity brings.

The top 5 ethnicities and origins in the province are Scottish, which accounts for 41.64% of the total population, followed by English (23.24%), Canadian (19.23%), Irish (19.23%), and French (15.05%).

Other ethnicities and origins in Newfoundland and Labrador include Acadian, European, German, Caucasian (White), and First Nations (North American Indian).

Ethnicity and OriginMaleFemalePercentage in Population
Caucasian (White)2.92%3.09%3.18%
First Nations (North American Indian)2.19%3.70%3.01%

Household and Dwelling Characteristics

About 1,030 of Pictou's population live in a single-detached house. In addition, most of them are living in 1 person household.

Household Size

About 18.90% of the population lives in 1 person households. 2 persons households ranked second, accounting for 18.40% of the population. 3 persons, 4 persons, and 5 or more persons households account for 6.70%, 3.95%, and 2.05%, respectively.

Number of Person(s) in HouseholdTotalPercentage
1 person55018.90%
2 persons53518.40%
3 persons1956.70%
4 persons1153.95%
5 or more persons602.05%

Income in Pictou

Analyzing income distribution in Pictou can help us better understand its socioeconomic dynamics.

Per Capita Income

According to 2020 data, the median personal income within Pictou is $33,200.

A region's per capita data sheds light on the average income earned per person living in it. Since per capita income is calculated by dividing the region's total income by its population, it quantifies the population's economic situation on an individual basis.

Such data offers insights into the town's economic performance, spread of income across individuals, quality of life, as well as disparities within its borders.

Most of Pictou population or around 2,305 people falls in the $10,000 to $29,999 group. The next largest groups are the $30,000 to $49,999, and $50,000 to $79,999 with around 1,825 and 1,050 people, respectively.

Household Income

The Pictou's median household income is $55,600, according to 2020 data.

The data provides important insights into the town's economic landscape as well as the living standards of its population.

Analyzing such data enables researchers, policymakers, and businesses to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the town's income distribution, disparities, and trends.

Education Levels in Pictou

This data sheds light on the distribution of Pictou residents across educational milestones.

Such information is crucial in shaping the province’s policies on education, workforce development strategies, and initiatives that aim to improve access to quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities.

55.50% or most of the Pictou population has a Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree. 27.65% of the population has a High (secondary) school diploma or equivalency certificate, 16.75% has a No certificate, diploma or degree, and 14.50% has Bachelor's degree or higher.

Only using 25% sample data.
Postsecondary certificate, diploma or degree8751,3152,19055.50%
High (secondary) school diploma or equivalency certificate5006051,11027.65%
No certificate, diploma or degree38533072016.75%
Bachelor's degree or higher21036056514.50%

Employment in Pictou

This dataset provides a snapshot of employment trends in Pictou. It encompasses a wide range of sectors, industries, as well as job categories.

The data shows that the unemployment rate in Newfoundland and Labrador is at 6.68% which is quite high.

Only using 25% sample data.
Employment rate41.06%
Unemployment rate6.68%

Working as an Employee

The table shows the data on the total number of individuals in the town who work as an employee. The majority of Pictou's population (around 62.60%) are working permanent position as an employee.


In the town, there are 75 men and 70 women working as self-employed individuals, bringing the total number to 145.

Only using 25% sample data.

Employment Industry Sectors

The Pictou industry employment sector census data offers insights into the region's economic landscape. The distribution of employment in Pictou is categorized and quantified, which reveals the region's economic composition.

Pictou has a wide range of industries. Most of its population (19%) works in the health care and social assistance sector. The Manufacturing sector comes second at 12%, followed by Retail trade at 11%.

Only using 25% sample data.
Health care and social assistance1521019%
Retail trade657011%
Accommodation and food services25758%
Educational services25557%
Public administration30355%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting5005%
Other services (except public administration)25305%
Transportation and warehousing40204%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services25254%
Professional, scientific and technical services2502%
Finance and insurance10102%
Arts, entertainment and recreation0202%
Wholesale trade10101%
Information and cultural industries0151%
Real estate and rental and leasing001%
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction000%
Management of companies and enterprises000%

Places of Work

The data offers insights into the commuting patterns as well as workplace distribution in the town. It provides a snapshot of workplaces, showing their geographic distribution and the flow of workers across different areas.

Only using 25% sample data.
Work LocationMenWomenTotalPercentage
Usual place of work35546582078.50%
No fixed workplace address903513012.40%
Worked at home30651009.60%
Worked outside Canada0000.00%


The data sheds light on how Pictou residents travel to school or work. It highlights the frequency of different modes of transportation like walking, cycling, carpooling, and public transit.

The data is pivotal in the making of transportation policies as well as the development of transit systems. Ultimately commuting data contributes to improving the quality of life of Pictou residents and sustainable urban planning.

Commuting Duration

This data reveals the average time that the residents of Pictou spend traveling to their workplaces. It also sheds light on the efficiency of the town's public transit systems, and road networks, as well as the accessibility of the town.

Only using 25% sample data.
Less than 15 minutes48.70%
15 to 29 minutes38.60%
30 to 44 minutes5.30%
60 minutes and over5.30%
45 to 59 minutes1.60%

Marital Status

The statistics on marital status in Pictoushed light on its societal dynamics. It captures the diverse types of marital statuses of the population.

Long-term commitments, such as common-law partnerships, civil unions, and marriages, reflect the town's social fabric. We can gain insights into Pictou's changing preferences and norms by examining the trends in marital status.

Married or living common-law
Married or living common-law

Language Spoken

The data below highlights town's linguistic diversity, showing elegances of solo language as well as bilingual harmonies. Other than language, it also shows the cultural landscape in Canada.

English is the most spoken official language in Pictou. About 2,945 people living in the province speak English, 50 people speak French, 5 people speak English and French language, and 0 people speak Neither English nor French language.

English and French5
Neither English nor French0


Pictou is predominantly Christian. About 1,875 of its population is Christian (805 males and 805 females).

The second largest religion in the province is Muslim with 1.2% of the population adhering to the religion. There are also Buddhist and Hindu, both represent 0.0% and 0.0% of the population, while Jewish represent 0.0% of the population.