Government of New Brunswick


 

People

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  • Based on the 2006 Census, New Brunswick’s population is 729,995.
  • Approximately 50% of New Brunswickers are male and 50% are female.
  • There are 217,790 families in New Brunswick.
  • Approximately 4.5% of New Brunswickers are divorced.
  • There are 35,585 single parent families in New Brunswick.
  • Approximately 15% of New Brunswickers are 14 years of age or under.
  • Approximately 71% of New Brunswickers are between 15 and 64 years of age.
  • Approximately 10% of New Brunswickers are between 65 and 79 years of age.
  • Approximately 4% of New Brunswickers are 80 years of age or older.
  • On average, New Brunswick males will live to be 74 years old, while, females will live to be 81 years of age.
  • More than 56.3% of New Brunswickers speak only English, about 10.2% speak only French, and 33.3% speak both.
  • About 2.5% of New Brunswickers are Aboriginal.
  • There are 26,400 immigrants living in New Brunswick.  This represents about 3.7% of our population.

 

 

Work

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  • Half of New Brunswickers live in an urban area and the other half live in a rural area.
  • New Brunswick’s unemployment rate is 8.4%.
  • 65.3% of New Brunswickers who are 15 years of age or older are able to work.
  • 81.7% of employable New Brunswickers are working full or part-time.

 

 

Education

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  • Nearly 50% of New Brunswickers who are 15 of age or older have a high school diploma or less.
  • 4% of high school students (grades 10 – 12) in New Brunswick drop out of school before graduation.
  • Only 50% of New Brunswickers aged 16 and over have the literacy skills necessary to function in today’s society.

 

 

Housing

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  • There are an estimated 295,960 private dwellings in New Brunswick of which 76% are owned and 24% are rented.
  • More than half of New Brunswick homeowners have a mortgage.
  • Between 1986 and 2006, an estimated 84,730 new homes and apartments were built.
  • The average rent for a three bedroom apartment in New Brunswick is $705 per month.
  • The average rent for a three bedroom apartment in Fredericton is $888.
  • The average rent for a three bedroom apartment in Moncton is $706.
  • The average rent for a three bedroom apartment in Saint John is $640.
  • Approximately 68% of New Brunswickers have a computer with internet at home.

 

 

Health

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  • Only 18% of New Brunswickers feel that they are in excellent health.  About 67% of New Brunswickers feel they have very good or good health, and the remaining 15% feel they are in fair or poor health.
  • Nearly 33% of New Brunswickers rated their mental health as excellent.  About 60% of New Brunswickers feel their mental health is very good or good which approximately 6% feel their mental health is fair or poor.
  • In 2005, New Brunswick spent an estimated $4,364 per person on healthcare.
  • In 2005, 6% of New Brunswickers aged 12 and over had diabetes.
  • It is expected that approximately 4,300 New Brunswickers will be diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and 1,940 will die from the disease.
  • In 2005, 23% of New Brunswickers smoke.
  • Nearly 8% (55,105) of New Brunswickers have asthma.
  • New Brunswick has one of the highest obesity rates in Canada at 33.8%.

 

 

Community Services

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  • On average, New Brunswickers spend 5.6 hours per day on leisure activities.
  • 122,540 New Brunswickers or 17.2% of our population, have a disability that limits their daily activities.
  • 4% of New Brunswick youth aged 15 and under have a disability that limits their daily activities.
  • Nearly 20% of New Brunswickers over the age of 15 have a disability that limits their daily activities.
  • More than one-quarter of New Brunswickers say they have a very strong sense of belonging to their community.  About 46% of people feel they somewhat belong to their community while the remaining 29% have a weak or very weak sense of belonging to their community.
  • About 50.4% of New Brunswickers say they feel very safe in their community.  About 38.5% of people feel reasonably or somewhat safe, while the remaining 12% feel very unsafe in their community.
  • Nearly 60% of New Brunswickers say they trust most people in their neighborhood.  About 18.4% trust many, 19.5% trust a few, and only 2.8% trust no one in their neighbourhood.