Census Shows a Changing Canada--and Halton

Newly released Census data shows a Canada (and Oakville, Burlington, Milton, and Halton Hills) that’s shifting, changing and embracing “new normals” as far as living and family situations are concerned.

The Census - focused on families, households, marital statuses and language - reveals a changing social landscape where more people are choosing to delay parenthood, stay with their parents longer or live alone.

Now, it appears there are more childless couples than ever before and more and more people are choosing solo living over partnering up.

According to the data, 28.2 per cent of Canadian households are occupied by just one resident, while 21.3 per cent of Canadians are in common law relationships.

The data also indicates that a staggering number of adults between the ages of 20 and 34—34.7 per cent, to be exact — are living with their parents (which should surprise no one due to the escalating cost of housing).

As far as languages go, 18 per cent of Canadians speak both English and French and 19.4 per cent of Canadians speak more than one language at home.

As for Canadians whose first language is neither English nor French, the data reveals that 7,974,375 people boast a different mother tongue.

As for Halton, the numbers are just as interesting. Here’s how it all breaks down.


OAKVILLE

Oakville boasts a population of 193,832 (a very slight increase from the 182,520 it clocked in at in 2011) and a total of 68,617 private dwellings.

As far as solo residents go, 11,760 households are occupied by a single person. Data indicates that 18,715 households are occupied by two people, 12,170 are occupied by three, 15,560 are occupied by four and 8,070 homes are occupied by five or more people.

In terms of marital status, data shows that 97,415 residents are married or in common law relationships, with 90,305 married couples and 7,110 common law couples. A vast 59,710 residents over the age of 15 are single (or at least not married to/living with their partner).

The Census shows that 41,805 residents have never been married, 3,500 are separated, 6,950 are divorced and 7,455 are widowed.

As far as families go, 20,595 family units consist of just two people. In terms of larger families, 12,530 families contain three people, 15,885 contain four and 5,865 contain five or more people. The data also shows that 5,765 families are headed by single female parents, while 1,360 families boast a single male parent. There are a total of 7,125 single parent families in the city.

As for families with children, the Census reveals that 15,150 census family households have no children, while 36,355 do.


BURLINGTON

Over in Burlington, we’re seeing a population of 183,314 (up from the 175,779 tallied in 2011) and a total of 72,535 private dwellings. As far as solo residents go, 17,705 households are occupied by a single person. Data indicates that 24,190 households are occupied by two people, 11,545 are occupied by three, 12,395 are occupied by four and 5,535 are occupied by five or more people.

In terms of marital status, data shows that 92,680 residents are married or in common law relationships, with 81,430 married couples and 11,250 common law couples. Roughly 59,970 residents over the age of 15 are single (or at least not married to/living with their partner).

The Census shows that 36,730 residents have never been married, 4,425 are separated, 9,305 are divorced and 9,505 are widowed.

As far as families go, 25,245 family units consist of just two people. In terms of larger families, 11,630 families contain three people, 12,305 contain four and 4,100 contain five or more. The data also shows that 6,200 families are headed by single female parents, while 1,620 families boast a single male parent. There are a total of 7,820 single parent families in the city.

As for families with children, the census reveals that 19,585 Census family households have no children, while 31,295 do.


MILTON

Milton boasts a population of 110,128 (up dramatically from 84,362 in 2011) and a total of 35,537 private dwellings. As far as solo residents go, 4,495 households are occupied by a single person. Data indicates that 8,775 households are occupied by two people, 6,405 are occupied by three, 8,755 are occupied by four and 5,835 are occupied by five or more.

In terms of marital status, data shows that 55,750 residents are married or in common law relationships, with 50,270 married couples and 5,485 common law couples. A whopping 25,970 residents over the age of 15 are single (or at least not married to/living with their partner).

The Census shows that 18,060 residents have never been married, 1,895 are separated, 3,215 are divorced and 2,800 are widowed.

As far as families go, 10,485 family units consist of just two people. In terms of larger families, 6,985 families contain three people, 9,255 contain four and 4,120 contain five or more. The data also shows that 2,860 families are headed by single female parents, while 745 families boast a single male parent. There are a total of 3,600 single parent families in the city.

As for families with children, the Census reveals that 7,255 census family households have no children, while 20,400 do.


HALTON HILLS

Finally, in Halton Hills, we’re seeing a slight uptick in population of 61,161 (from 59,013 in 2011) and a total of 21,475 private dwellings. As far as solo residents go, 3,695 households are occupied by a single person. Data indicates that 6,290 households are occupied by two people, 3,895 are occupied by three, 4,780 are occupied by four and 2,415 are occupied by five or more.

In terms of marital status, data shows that 30,980 residents are married or in common law relationships, with 27,095 married couples and 3,885 common law couples. Approximately 18,750 residents over the age of 15 are single (or at least not married to/living with their partner).

The Census shows that 12,715 residents have never been married, 1,385 are separated, 2,360 are divorced and 2,285 are widowed.

As far as families go, 7,015 family units consist of just two people. In terms of larger families, 4,000 families contain three people, 4,760 contain four and 1,760 contain five or more. The data also shows that 1,835 families are headed by single female parents, while 550 families boast a single male parent. There are a total of 2,385 single parent families in the city.

As for families with children, the census reveals that 5,180 Census family households have no children, while 11,245 do.

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