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2006 Census: Family portrait: Continuity and change in Canadian families and households in 2006: Provinces and territories

Prince Edward Island: Third highest proportion of married-couple families

In 2006, Prince Edward Island had one of the highest proportions of married-couple families across Canada.

Of the 39,200 census families enumerated in Prince Edward Island in 2006, 73.2% were married-couple families, third highest in the nation, behind Ontario (73.9%) and Newfoundland and Labrador (73.6%). This proportion was also above the national average of 68.6%.

In contrast, only 10.4% of census families consisted of common-law unions, below the national average of 15.5%. Still, the number of common-law unions increased by 12.5% between 2001 and 2006. These patterns likely reflect an older population for whom marriage is more popular.

Lone-parent families accounted for 16.3% of all census families, just above the national average of 15.9%.

Overall, census families grew 2.0% in the province between 2001 and 2006. This was the fastest growth rate among census families in the Atlantic provinces, although it was well below the pace of 6.3% for the country as a whole.

The proportion of Prince Edward Island households with couples and children fell from 33.1% in 2001 to 29.6% in 2006. The proportion of one-person households increased from 22.8% to 24.1% during the same period.

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