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

Alberta: Fastest growth of census families among all the provinces

Developments in family structure in Alberta mirror the oil-generated economic and demographic boom that has occurred in the province in recent years (See Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006: Population of the provinces and territories). Between 2001 and 2006, Alberta experienced one of the highest growth rates for census families.

The census enumerated 904,800 census families in Alberta, up 11.5% from 2001, almost double the national average of 6.3%.

Alberta also had the highest growth rate for common-law-couple families (+23.4%) and married-couple families (+9.6%) during this five-year period.

Of all census families in the province, married-couple families represented 72.8%, higher than the national average (68.6%). Common-law-couple families accounted for only 12.8%, while lone-parent families represented only 14.4%, the lowest proportion in Canada.

Figure 17 Census families are growing rapidly in Alberta

The 2006 Census counted 1,256,200 households in Alberta. Of these, 30.5% consisted of a couple and at least one child, one of the highest proportions in the country. An additional 24.6% of these households consisted of only one person.

The number of private households in Alberta increased 13.8% between 2001 and 2006 while the population in private households rose 10.6%. One explanation is the fact that the number of one-person households increased 20.9% during the past five years, the fastest growth in the nation. At the same time, the number of households with couples and children rose 6.4%, also the fastest growth.

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