Spike in divorces
The number of divorced people in Glengarry rose sharply between 2011 and 2016, census numbers show.
Last year, there were 510 divorced residents in South Glengarry and 505 divorced people in North Glengarry. Those figures represent increases from 2011, when there were 450 divorced people in SG and 440 in NG.
During that same five-year period, the number of separated people went from 255 to 240 in North Glengarry and from 270 to 245 in South Glengarry.
Census 2016 information shows that the number of one-person households in South Glengarry rose from 1,065 in 2011 to 1,155 last year. However, in North Glengarry, the number of people living alone totalled 1,245, a drop from the 2011 figure of 1,255.
Across the country, the percentage of oneperson households has reached an all-time high.
One-person households accounted for 28.2% of all households in 2016 -- the highest share since Confederation, reports Statistics Canada.
One-person households became the most common type of household for the first time in 2016, surpassing couples with children, which were down from 31.5% of all households in 2001 to 26.5% in 2016. In comparison, the percentage of one-person households was 25.7% in 2001.
At the time of Confederation few people lived alone, and the vast majority of households were family households. Since 1951, the percentage of households comprised of just one person increased steadily, from 7.4% to 28.2% in 2016. In 2016, 13.9% of the Canadian population aged 15 and over lived alone, compared with 1.8% in 1951.
Several social, economic and demographic factors have contributed to the rise in the number of people living alone. For example, income redistribution, pensions and the increased presence of women in the workforce have led to more people being economically independent today than in the past, especially in older age groups.
In addition, higher separation and divorce rates have led to more people living alone instead of in couples. Finally, population aging and higher life expectancy have also contributed to the increase in one-person households, given that a larger share of seniors live alone as compared to other age groups.
In 2016, there were 7,520 South Glengarrians and 5,270 North Glengarrians who were married or living common law.
In 2011, those numbers were 7,505 and 5,235 respectively. In 2016, “not married and not living common law” described 3,755 people in the South, and 3,415 in the North.
In 2011, the figures were 3,701 and 3,495 respectively. In 2016, those who were never legally married totalled 1,960 in the North and 2,330 in the South. In 2011, the figures were 2,030 and 2,380 respectively.
In Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, 60.3% of the total population aged 15 and over were either married (48.5%) or living with a common-law partner (11.8%). The remaining 39.7% were not married and not living with a common-law partner, including those who were single (never-married), separated, divorced or widowed. 80.1% of persons living in a couple were married in 2016, while 19.9% were living common law.
The percentage of people who are married or living common law was highest in South Stormont (68%) and lowest in North Glengarry (61%).
The total number of children by couples or lone parent families in the county is in line with the province and nation averages. The county has an almost even split between one and two-children census families.
From 2011 to 2016, the total number of children in the three counties grew by 400.
In 2016, 57.3 per cent of couples had no children.