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Living arrangements of 18 to 34 year-olds

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Chart 6 Living arrangements of young adults have changed considerably

This chart shows the living arrangement distribution of 18 to 34 year-olds in four stacked bars: 1971, 1981, 1991 and 2001. The chart shows that young adults in 2001 are less likely to be married and have children, are more likely to be living with their parents and are more likely to be living in a common-law relationship with or without children than in 1971. In 1971, 42% of young adults aged 18 to 34 were married with children compared with 18% in 2001. In contrast, 36% of young adults in 2001 were living with their parents compared with 28% in 1971.

For more detail on chart 6, see the table below.

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1971
1981
1991
2001
(percent distribution down columns)
Married with children
42.4
34.0
27.0
18.2
Living with parents
28.3
27.2
28.4
35.6
Married without children
14.5
13.1
10.4
8.2
Living alone
3.1
7.5
7.6
8.1
Common-law without children
..1
4.8
7.0
8.3
Common-law with children
..1
2.0
4.5
6.7
Lone parents
2.0
2.7
3.6
3.7
Other (living alone, with non-relatives or with non-parental relatives)
12.7
16.3
19.2
19.3
1. Common-law unions were not identified in the 1971 Census.
Source: Statistics Canada, Censuses of Population.