Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census

Province of British Columbia

Data quality
  • In 2016, 14.0% of adults aged 15 and over living in private dwellings lived alone, 57.5% lived in a couple and 5.1% lived as a lone parent.
  • 83.3% of persons living in a couple were married in 2016, while 16.7% were living common law.
  • In 2016, the proportion of young adults aged 20 to 34 living with at least one parent was 33.9% compared to 33.7% in 2011.
  • In 2016, there were 11,230 same-sex couples.
  • In 2016, among couple census families 51.9% were families without children and 48.1% were families with children.

Figure 1.1

Figure 1.1 description Long description for Figure 1.1 Percentage of children aged 0 to 14 by family type, British Columbia, 2011 and 2016

Figure 1.2

Figure 1.2 description Long description for Figure 1.2 Percentage of persons living in couples according to selected age groups, British Columbia, 2001 to 2016

Figure 1.3 description Long description for Figure 1.3 Percentage of common-law couples by province and territory, 2011 and 2016

Proportion of households by household type, British Columbia, 2001 to 2016

British Columbia – Proportion of households by household type, 2001 to 2016
Household type 2001 (%) 2006 (%) 2011 (%) 2016 (%)
Total households 100 100 100 100
One-census-family households without additional persons 60.9 60.7 59.0 58.2
A couple census family without children 25.0 25.9 26.0 26.6
A couple census family with children 27.6 26.6 24.9 23.7
A lone-parent census family 8.4 8.2 8.1 7.9
Multigenerational households 3.1 3.3 3.4 3.6
Other census-family households 4.3 4.0 4.6 4.7
Non-census-family households of two or more persons 4.4 4.0 4.7 4.7
One-person households 27.3 28.0 28.3 28.8

Marital status, British Columbia, 2016

In British Columbia, 58.1% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.7%) or living with a common-law partner (9.4%).

The remaining 42% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed.

Note: Percentages may not total 100 percent due to random rounding.

Figure 1.4 description #linktitletext# 1.4 Marital status, British Columbia, 2016

Symbols:

···
not applicable
··
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve or Indian settlement
r
revised
E
use with caution

Source:

Statistics Canada. 2017. Focus on Geography Series, 2016 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-404-X2016001. Ottawa, Ontario. Analytical products, 2016 Census.

Date modified: