Honestly - I've lived in the maritimes my whole life and travelled all over the world for work. Other places are nice to visit - but no where else is home. Given the choice? I'd live outside the city and commute. Windsor, Falmouth, Enfield, Elmsdale, Timberlea, Porter's Lake. Any of those areas that are closer to the city, the higher the price of real estate. Those areas are also the same zone for Gas Price regulation and cheapest in the Province. Best Prices for Groceries? There are some great Farmer's Markets and some Mom and Pop type places that have limited selection, but great prices. Look up CUTS Meat Market or CHOPS Meat Market. Honestly can't beat their produce prices. There are places that sell milk at cost and once you know where you're going to live, the easier they are to find. Farmer's Markets can get you the rest of your Farm Fresh Produce - there are communities that have their own Saturday Markets and then all the road side places as well. Entertainment? Neptune Theatre if you're into live and the requisite Movie Theatres around. Great local music as well. The Union Street in Berwick has great local/Nova Scotia talent on Friday nights. Other places like the Evergreen will bring you some awesome intimate and interactive acts like Bif Naked. (That lady is tiny!). The Metro Centre also offers some big name singers throughout the year. Downtown Halifax has some great pubs and bars with live music. The more rural areas will offer homes with acreage. Hobby Farms are common. While it will create an issue with travel in Winter - a decent compact tractor can be purchased for 20k brand new with 0% financing every spring. The Windsor/Falmouth area will also offer lower property taxes. Your experience will be dictated by how outgoing you are. There are anecdotes about how CFA (Come from always) are treated. I don't consider the wholly accurate or inaccurate. I'm sure both sides of the coin are true. I have neighbours I'm friendly with - I'll help them out when they need it, but we're not having block parties every weekend. (Mind you I tend to insulate myself from people because of my job and there are few whom I actually let into the inner circle). It's a slower pace here. It's different from out west. Taxes are high. Nova Scotia is a have not Province. Most traditional industries have been desecrated by modernization, Government quota cuts or just changes in the way the world views things. Nova Scotia is a province trying to find itself in a changing world and is realizing it's forgotten it's glasses in the car. White Collar professionals usually have an easier time than labour based blue collar workers. Does that help at all?