Before amalgamation into the Halifax Regional Municipality in 1996, Lower Sackville was an unincorporated part of Halifax County (This area of HRM experienced a 7% population growth rate between 1996-2001). In the 1950s and 60s it was a popular destination for Haligonians seeking entertainment at the drive-in theater, WW2 bomber plane ice cream attraction and Sackville Downs harness racing track which provided entertainment until it closed in 1986.
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The community's growth reflects its central location, near both Halifax and Dartmouth, with easy access to Highway 102. Making it an easy commute to employment opportunities and services of a larger city, and is typical of most commuter communities experiencing growth in North America.
Lower Sackville has experienced ribbon/strip-style commercial development along Trunk 1 since the 1960s. Current retail chains include Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore, Canadian Tire, Cleve's Sporting Goods, Dollarama and Giant Tiger. There are numerous independent retailers located in this area as well.
The majority of Lower Sackville's suburbs were built in the 1970s on the southern edge of First Lake, which offers outdoor recreational opportunities. In recent years with the development of Sunset Ridge, Lawson Estates and Twin Brooks entering from Executive Drive and connecting to Millwood subdivision has driven the growth of the area. These planned communities have a combination of single detached homes, semi-detached and even apartment complexes. Due to the good resale of the homes in Lower and Middle Sackville it is a popular neighbourhood for military families.
Census (2016) 21,379