Visible minority women less likely to live alone

In 2006, visible minority women were less likely than other women to live alone (6% versus 15% of those aged 15 and older). In Canada, 9 out of 10 visible minority women lived with family members, compared with 8 out of 10 other women. Just 4% of visible minority women lived with non-relatives.

South Asian (95%), West Asian (93%) and Arab (93%) women were the most likely among all visible minority groups to live with family. Japanese women had the lowest share living with family (77%), and 15% lived alone.

Half (51%) of visible minority women lived with their spouse, compared with 46% of other women. South Asian (62%) and Arab (60%) women were the most likely to live with their spouse; Black (29%) and Latin American women (46%) were the least likely.

Visible minority women were less likely to live in a common-law relationship than other women (4% versus 12%). Latin American women were the most likely to live common law (8%) while South Asian women were the least (1%). Visible minority women were also more likely than other women to be lone parents (10% versus 8%), particularly Black (24%) and Latin American (14%) women.

Chart 13.2 Living arrangements of women, by visible minority status, 2006
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