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Families and households

The 'couples with children' category consists of couples who had one or more children of any age living with them. Couples without children includes couples whose children no longer live with them as well as couples who have not had children.

Couples without children almost as common as couples with children

  • Couples with children made up 41.3 percent of families, a small decrease from 42.0 percent in 2006.
  • Couples without children made up 40.9 percent of families, a small increase from 39.9 percent in 2006.
  • The percentage of one-parent-with-children families decreased marginally, at 17.8 percent in 2013 compared with 18.1 percent in 2006.

Graph, Family type, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses.

Nearly 1 in 4 households is a person living alone

  • One-person households made up 23.5 percent of households in 2013, a slight increase from 23.0 percent in 2006.
  • One-family households remained the most common type of household, making up 68.3 percent of households in 2013, compared with 69.1 percent in 2006. One-person households were the second most common household type.

Graph, Household composition, 2001, 2006, and 2013 Censuses.

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