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

Nunavut: One-third of households consist of five or more people

Nunavut had the highest proportion of large households and the lowest proportion of one-person households of any province or territory in 2006. This is related to the fact that the number of children per woman (3.1) is twice the national average (1.5).1

The census counted 7,900 private households in Nunavut in 2006, up 9.5% from 2001. One-third (32.8%) of these households were comprised of five or more people, the highest proportion in Canada. In contrast, only 18.3% consisted of one-person households, the lowest proportion nationally.

Nunavut was the only province or territory in which the population in private households increased at a faster pace than the number of private households. Between 2001 and 2006, the number of households in Nunavut increased by 9.5%, while the population in those households rose 10.1%.

The number of census families in Nunavut increased 10.6% to 7,000. Of these, less than one-half (41.1%) consisted of married-couple families, well below the national average of 68.6%. Common-law-couple families represented 31.3% of families, while 27.6% were lone-parent families, the highest in the nation for both proportions.

Of children aged 14 and under, 3.7% did not live with married, common-law or lone parents in Nunavut in 2006, the highest proportion in Canada. Of the 10,000 children in this age group, 2.3% lived in skip-generation families, that is, with their grandparents and no parents or middle generation, compared to 0.5% nationally.

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