^ Dude 67% of single people now live alone. Used to be about 30%. That is your housing crisis right there! Don't suggest that though as you found out.
The number of Canadians living alone has more than doubled in the past 35 years, making single-person households the most common type, a new report by Statistics Canada shows.
Using both the latest census data and the 2017 General Social Survey on Family, the authors determined that this growing group is now larger than the one composed of couples with kids, as well as the category made up of couples living alone.
Where once it was mostly widowed seniors — usually women — who lived by themselves, the age range and gender breakdown of solo dwellers is far more diverse than it once was.
"What we've seen over the last few decades is the fastest growing age group for living alone is middle adulthood, so age 35-64," said Nora Galbraith, co-author of the report and a senior analyst in Statistics Canada's demography division.
In 1981, just eight per cent of people in that age group lived alone, but that figure increased to 13 per cent by 2016. Galbraith says much of that increase is related to faster growth in the number of men living alone in those age groups.
In addition to increased life expectancies for men, the advent of no-fault divorce in Canada has contributed to the more even gender distribution of single-person households.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 21 October 2021 - 01:08 PM.