|Municipality of the County of Colchester|
|Motto: "We Prosper From Our Resources"|
Location of Colchester County, Nova Scotia
|Towns||Stewiacke / Truro|
|Villages||Bible Hill / Tatamagouche|
|Incorporated||April 17, 1879|
|Provincial||Colchester North / Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley / Truro-Bible Hill|
|• Type||Colchester County Municipal Council|
|• Mayor||Christine Blair|
|• Land||3,628.12 km2 (1,400.82 sq mi)|
|• Density||13.9/km2 (36/sq mi)|
|• Change 2011-16||0.8%|
|Time zone||AST (UTC-4)|
|• Summer (DST)||ADT (UTC-3)|
|Median Income*||$42,782 CDN|
The appellation Colchester was applied in 1780 to the district previously called "Cobequid," and was derived from the town of Colchester in Essex. The old name Cobequid was derived from the Mi'kmaq word "Wagobagitk" meaning "the bay runs far up", in reference to the area surrounding the easternmost inlet of the Minas Basin, a body of water called Cobequid Bay.
The District of Colchester, which was at first part of Halifax County, was established as a county in its own right in 1835. In 1838 a distinct line of division between Cumberland County and Colchester County was established. Two years later, in 1840, the Township of Parrsboro was divided and part of it annexed to Colchester County. In 1871, the boundaries between the Counties of Hants and Colchester and between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester were established. In 1880 the boundary between the Counties of Halifax and Colchester was revised. Eventually in 1897 a portion of the boundary between the Counties of Colchester and Cumberland was fixed and defined.
The question of the boundary between Colchester and Cumberland Counties was the subject of a Commission of Inquiry established in 1946. The report was filed in the office of the Provincial Secretary and in the office of the Department of Lands and Forests in January 1959. Certified copies of it were sent to the Registrars of Deeds for the Counties of Colchester, Cumberland and Kings.
- County municipality and county subdivisions
- Municipality of the County of Colchester
As towns, Stewiacke and Truro each have their own local governing councils. All other communities in the county are located within one of eleven electoral districts, each of which provides a representative to County Council. Additionally, a mayor is elected for the whole county. The mayor also sits on county council.
As a census division in the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, Colchester County recorded a population of 50,585 living in 22,229 of its 25,378 total private dwellings, a change of −0.8% from its 2011 population of 50,968. With a land area of 3,628.12 km2 (1,400.82 sq mi), it had a population density of 13.9/km2 (36.1/sq mi) in 2016.
Forming the majority of the Colchester County census division, the Municipality of the County of Colchester recorded a population of 36,091 living in 15,246 of its 17,814 total private dwellings in the 2016 Census of Population, a change of −1.5% from its 2011 population of 36,624. With a land area of 3,572.49 km2 (1,379.35 sq mi), it had a population density of 10.1/km2 (26.2/sq mi) in 2016.
Mother tongue language (2011)
Ethnic Origin (2006)
Highways and numbered routes that run through the county, including external routes that start or finish at the county limits:
- List of municipalities in Nova Scotia
- Central Nova Tourist Association — Tourism Association Representing Colchester County.
- Black Lake listings within Nova Scotia.
- Municipality of Colchester
- 2006 Statistics Canada Community Profile: Colchester County, Nova Scotia
- Statistics Canada Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2006 and 2001 censuses - 100% data
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census divisions, 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
- "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2016 and 2011 censuses – 100% data (Nova Scotia)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2017.
- Censues 1871-1941
- Statistics Canada: 1996, 2001, 2006 census
- Statistics Canada: 2011 census
- 2006 Statistics Canada Census Ethnocultural Portrait of Canada: Colchester County, Nova Scotia
- Atlantic Canada Back Road Atlas ISBN 978-1-55368-618-7 Pages 52-53, 67-69
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|Minas Basin||Pictou County|
|Hants County||Halifax Regional Municipality||Guysborough County|