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THUNDER BAY – Less residents are getting hitched, according to new data released by Statistics Canada.
According to the latest data from the 2011 Census, the family unit continues to change across Canada, including here in the city. There are about 30,000 families in Thunder Bay, and in the 2006 census more than 68 per cent of them included a married couple.
That number dropped to 66.5-percent in 2011 as the number of common-law couples increased from 12.5 per cent to 13.8 per cent.
Meanwhile, the number of single-parent families rose slightly from 19.2 per cent to 19.7 per cent.
The census also included data on the number of people living alone in the Thunder Bay District. That figure rose from 30 per cent of the population to 31.4 per cent in 2011.
The number of divorced people also rose, from 7.5 per cent to 8.1 per cent.
The number of same-sex couples in the district went up from 135 to 165 over a five-year span.
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(Thunder Bay Television)