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

Northwest Territories: Second highest proportion of households with couples and children after Nunavut

The Northwest Territories had 14,200 private households in 2006. Just over one-third (34.4%) of these were households with couples and children, second only to Nunavut (42.0%). This is a consequence of the high levels of fertility observed in this territory.

However, the number of households comprised of couples without children increased 24.7%, five times the growth rate in the number of households with couples and children (+4.6%).

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of private households grew 13.3%, a faster gain than the 10.2% increase in the population in private households.

The census counted 10,900 census families in the Northwest Territories in 2006, a 12.2% increase from 2001. This was the fastest growth in Canada, and was nearly double the national average (+6.3%). It surpassed even the 11.5% increase in Alberta.

Statistics Canada makes every effort to enumerate Canadians accurately in the census. Some regions may present greater challenges than others. The statistics for the Northwest Territories must be used with caution, as its net undercoverage in the 2001 Census (8.11%) was higher than the national average (2.99%). Because of the improved coverage of the Northwest Territories in 2006, growth of census families for the 2001 to 2006 period is probably overstated.

Lone-parent families accounted for 21.4% of all families in 2006, the second highest proportion in Canada. Only 51.1% were married-couple families, while 27.5% were common-law-couple families.

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