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Family Matters: Couples living apart

Released: 2019-02-20

A new infographic illustrating the characteristics of couples who live apart is now available.

In 2017, nearly 1.5 million people in Canada aged 25 to 64 were in a couple relationship with someone living in a different home.

The share of "living-apart-together" couples has increased, from 6% of all persons in a couple relationship in 2006 to 9% in 2017.

"Living-apart-together" is more common among young adults, with 20% of 25 to 34 year olds in a couple relationship living apart in 2017, compared with 7% for those aged 35 to 54 and 5% for those aged 55 to 64.

This infographic presents data from the 2017 General Social Survey on Family on people aged 25 to 64 who reported being in a couple relationship with someone not living in their household.


The infographic "Family Matters: Couples who live apart" is now available.

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