Richmond County, Nova Scotia

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Richmond County
Comté de Richmond (French)
Official seal of Richmond County
Location of Richmond County, Nova Scotia
Location of Richmond County, Nova Scotia
Coordinates: 45°42′N 60°48′W / 45.7°N 60.8°W / 45.7; -60.8Coordinates: 45°42′N 60°48′W / 45.7°N 60.8°W / 45.7; -60.8
Country  Canada
Province  Nova Scotia
Established 1835
Incorporated             April 17, 1879
Electoral Districts      

Cape Breton—Canso
Provincial Cape Breton-Richmond
 • Type Richmond County Municipal Council
 • Warden Steve Sampson
 • Land 1,244.24 km2 (480.40 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1][2]
 • Total 9,293
 • Density 7.5/km2 (19/sq mi)
 • Change 2006-11 Decrease4.6%
 • Census Rankings
 - Census divisions
 Subdivision A
 Subdivision B
 Subdivision C
 - Reserves
 Chapel Island 5

4,072 (795 of 5,008)
1,769 (1,433 of 5,008)
3,455 (904 of 5,008)

444 (3,171 of 5,008)
Time zone AST (UTC-4)
 • Summer (DST) ADT (UTC-3)
Area code(s) 902
Dwellings 22,951
Median Income* $40,188 CDN
  • Median household income, 2005 (all households)

Richmond County is a county in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.


Named in honour of Sir Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, who was Governor General of British North America 1818-1819, Richmond County was created in 1835.

Richmond County comprises that territory known as the Southern District which was established in 1824 at the time of the dividing of Cape Breton Island into three districts. The boundaries of the Southern District were defined at the time of its establishment. Those same boundaries were determined to be the boundaries of Richmond County by statute in 1847.

The shire town of Richmond Country is Arichat, located on Isle Madame.



Incorporated communities[edit]


Native reserves'

Census Subdivisions[edit]

For a list of communities in Richmond County, see List of communities.

Access Routes[edit]

Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Richmond County, Nova Scotia
  2. ^ Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
  3. ^ Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
  4. ^ Statistics Canada: 2011 census
  5. ^ 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Richmond County, Nova Scotia
  6. ^ Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 56-58, 73

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