Atlantic Canada sees biggest jump in 1-person households, census shows – New Brunswick

The share of one-person households increased the most in the Atlantic provinces compared to the rest of the country during the past 15 years, the latest census data from Statistics Canada shows.

The stronger increase is likely related to the faster aging population in the Atlantic region, where one-fifth (19.8 per cent) of all people were aged 65 and older in 2016, compared with 16.9 per cent for Canada as a whole, according to the agency.

Newfoundland and Labrador saw the biggest jump in its proportion of one-person households between 2001 and 2016, at 36.4 per cent, followed by New Brunswick, 24.9 per cent, Prince Edward Island, 20.2 per cent, and Nova Scotia, 19.4 per cent.

By comparison, the national growth during in the category the same period was 9.6 per cent.

Still, one-person households were the most common type of household in the country last year for the first time in the country’s history.

Nearly 14 per cent of Canadians reported living alone, representing 28.2 per cent of all households — more than the percentage of couples with or without children, single-parent families, and other combinations of people living together, the figures released on Wednesday reveal.

Among the Atlantic provinces, Nova Scotia has the highest percentage of one-person households at 29.5 per cent, higher than the national average.

New Brunswick was a close second at 28 per cent, followed by Prince Edward Island, 27.4 per cent, and Newfoundland and Labrador, 24.6 per cent.

Higher separation and divorce rates have contributed to more people living alone, said Statistics Canada.

The number of people who reported being divorced was up in all of the Atlantic provinces in 2016, compared to 2011. The number of people separated was also higher in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia last year, but down in Newfoundland and Labrador and P.E.I.

Marital status in Atlantic provinces
ProvinceDivorced 2016Divorced 2011Separated 2016Separated 2011
New Brunswick35,68032,93021,29021,040
Nova Scotia 48,83046,06524,10523,545
Newfoundland and Labrador22,22019,8558,5708,705

The number of couples living with children declined in the Atlantic provinces between 2011 and 2016, also likely due to aging populations. In fact, the Atlantic provinces recorded the lowest shares of couples with children in…

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