Spike in di­vorces

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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.

Sta­tus updates

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.

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