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2006 Census: Family portrait: Continuity and change in Canadian families and households in 2006: Subprovincial changes

Half of the municipalities with the lowest proportion of lone-parent families were located in Alberta

Half (12) of the 25 municipalities that had the lowest proportions of lone-parent families in 2006 were in Alberta. Given the association between low-income areas and lone-parent families, this observation may be due in part to Alberta's recent economic boom.

Stanley, Manitoba, and Taber, Alberta, were the municipalities with the lowest proportions of lone-parent families in Canada in 2006 (1.7% and 2.4%, respectively). They were also among the municipalities with the youngest populations in Canada (See Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex: Subprovincial population dynamics) and the largest proportions of households with couples and children. This is probably related to the presence of a large Mennonite community in Stanley and a high proportion of Mormons in Taber.

In contrast, 10 of the 25 municipalities with the largest proportions of lone-parent families were in the Atlantic Provinces. The municipality that had the highest proportion of lone-parent families in the country was Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, at 28.2%. Prince Albert also has a high proportion of the population comprised of Aboriginal peoples.

Table 13 Municipalities with 5,000 persons or more in private households having the highest and lowest proportions of lone-parent families, 2006

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