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Table 3 Gini coefficient by family type
1984 1999 2005
1984-2005


% change
Unattached individual
Elderly 0.647 0.655 0.659 1.9
Non-elderly 0.853 0.868 0.888 4.1
 
Non-elderly couple
No children or other relatives 0.666 0.695 0.689 3.5
Children under 181 0.647 0.707 0.738 14.1
Children 18 and over or other relatives 0.540 0.614 0.619 14.6
         
Elderly couple (no children or other relatives2) 0.540 0.541 0.576 6.7
         
Lone-parent family 0.807 0.897 0.886 9.8
Other 0.667 0.650 0.646 -3.1

1 At least one child of the major income recipient is under 18. Other relatives may also be in the family.
2 No children under 18.
Sources: Statistics Canada, Assets and Debts Survey, 1984; Survey of Financial Security, 1999 and 2005