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Married couples remain the predominant family structure despite declining share

Among census families, those comprised of common-law couples grew the most rapidly between 2006 and 2011, increasing 13.9% compared to a growth of 3.1% for married couples and 8.0% for lone-parent families. As in the 2001 to 2006 period, growth was higher between 2006 and 2011 for male lone-parent families (+16.2%) than for female lone-parent families (+6.0%).

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Proportion of seniors below the national average in most census metropolitan areas located in Western provinces

In 2011, all CMAs located west of Ontario had a proportion of people aged 65 and over below the national average of 14.8%, except for Kelowna (19.2%) and Victoria (18.4%)Note 6 in British Columbia.

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The number of Canadians aged 65 and older is up and is close to 5 million

The 2011 Census counted 4,945,060 people aged 65 and older in Canada, an increase of more than 609,810, or 14.1%, between 2006 and 2011. This rate of growth was more than double the 5.9% increase for the Canadian population as a whole.

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Surrey, British Columbia

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Surrey, British Columbia
Place type City
Population in 2011 468,251
Population in 2006 394,976
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +18.6
Median age 37.5
Percent aged 15 and over 81.0
Population density (sq. km) 1479.9
Land area (sq. km) 316.41
Number of private households 152,845
Avg. number of persons in private households 3.0

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