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More Canadians are living alone than ever before, StatsCan says

Last Updated Mar 6, 2019 at 9:11 pm PDT

Summary

As of 2016, one person households were the most common type in the country

Living alone has grown most rapidly among people between the ages of 35 and 64

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Living alone is much more common for Canadians than it used to be, according to Statistics Canada.

As of 2016, one person households were the most common type in the country, making up nearly a third of all households and edging out couples with children.

Living alone has grown most rapidly among people between the ages of 35 and 64 over the last few decades, going from eight percent in 1981 to 13 per cent in 2016, and men are more likely than women to be in that category.

The data, from both the Census of Population and the General Social Survey on Canada, says that more divorced and separated people live alone today than in the past. The number of people who live alone because their spouse is deceased decreased, but divorced singles increased.

It also found that of those living alone, one in five lived in a condo, both owned and rented. Housing affordability is a big issue for those who live alone. In 2016, 41 per cent of one person households had unaffordable monthly home costs that were more than 30 per cent of their average monthly income.

Statistics Canada says people living alone also generally reported lower levels of health, mental health and overall satisfaction with life compared to people who live with others.

The organization notes there can be other factors at play in this, including family relationships and social networks.