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

Saskatchewan: Lowest growth of census families in the country

The number of census families in Saskatchewan increased only 0.7% to 267,500 between 2001 and 2006, far below the national average (+6.3%). Saskatchewan, along with Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick, experienced a decline in its population in private households during the intercensal period.

The number of common-law-couple families increased 14.3%, while the number of married-couple families declined 2.1%. About 72.6% of Saskatchewan families consisted of married couples, 10.8%, common-law couples, and 16.6%, lone-parent families.

Saskatchewan had a fairly high proportion of children aged 14 and under in skip-generation families (1.3%), nearly triple the national average (0.5%). Overall, about 2.7% of children in this age group did not live with married, common-law or lone parents, one of the highest proportions among the provinces.

Saskatchewan had a low proportion of young adults aged 20 to 29 living in the parental home in 2006 (31.8%), well below the national average of 43.5%. Saskatchewan has experienced out-migration of its young adult population to Alberta, which could be one factor contributing to this pattern (See Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex: Provincial/Territorial populations by age and sex).

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