Dartmouth is located in the Nova Scotia province. It used to be a city in its own right, but today it is an urban community within Halifax. Also called the "City of Lakes," Dartmouth, NS dissolved into the Halifax Regional Municipality or HRM in 1996. The population of the combined city is almost 400,000, 68,000 of whom live within Dartmouth. While Dartmouth is separated from downtown Halifax by a large harbour, two ferries connect the two areas.
The cost of living in the greater Halifax area varies widely based on where one chooses to live. On average, expect to spend C$268 per square feet to buy a flat within the city centre and C$61 outside the city centre. The average monthly disposable salary for the area is roughly C$2,700. Many people commute from Dartmouth to downtown Halifax.
Dartmouth, NS Job Opportunities
While the unemployment rate in the area is roughly nine per cent, the economy in Dartmouth, NS is expected to grow by three per cent a year, and the rest of the province is predicted to grow roughly 2.5 per cent per year, buoyed by efforts in shipbuilding and natural gas production within the area. In addition, while Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada, it is one of the most popular for attracting foreign direct investment (FDI), including major investments by Admiral Insurance, IBM, and Stream. Over 6,000 full-time jobs are being added every year.
Dartmouth, NS Employment Trends
The largest employment sectors in Dartmouth, NS and greater Halifax are trade, heath care, and social assistance, but professional services, education, and public administration also figure prominently in the area. Dartmouth, NS is also an important economic center for government services and private sector companies, particularly in banking, cultural interests, and maritime enterprises. Greater Halifax is also a major port and home to several industrial shippers.