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

New Brunswick: Second highest proportion of common-law-couple families of all provinces after Quebec

In 2006, New Brunswick had the second highest proportion of common-law-couple families of all provinces after Quebec. Of the 217,800 census families in this province, 14.2% were common-law couples, about half the proportion in Quebec (28.8%), but well above Ontario (10.3%), the province with the lowest proportion.

Overall, the census enumerated 296,000 private households in New Brunswick in 2006, up 4.3% from 2001. This increase occurred despite a slight 0.1% decline in the population in these households.

One-person households in New Brunswick grew 13.1% between 2001 and 2006, a faster gain than the national average of 11.8%. Growth in private households would have been even faster in the province were it not for the 9.7% decline in the number of households with couples and children during the past five years.

In 2006, 26.9% of households in New Brunswick contained a couple with at least one child, down from 31.0% in 2001. At the same time, the proportion of one-person households increased from 22.4% to 24.3%.

As in the other Atlantic provinces, New Brunswick is characterized by a population with an above-average proportion of seniors compared to the country overall, as well as a lower fertility than the national average (See Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex: Provincial/Territorial populations by age and sex).

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