The proportion of households with couples and children was not only higher in the suburbs of CMAs than in their downtown areas, it was also higher in rural areas close to large urban centres than in remote rural areas. Initial 2006 Census results showed that rural areas close to urban centres also experienced a higher rate of population growth than remote rural areas between 2001 and 2006.
Nearly one-third (31.5%) of households in rural areas close to urban centres were composed of couples with children, which suggests that some of those areas were actually suburbs located outside the borders of the large urban centres. The proportion of one-person households was lower in those areas (20.9%) than elsewhere, which is also typical of the suburbs of CMAs.
In contrast, the proportion of households with couples and children was much lower in remote rural areas (27.3%).
Table 14 Distribution of households by household structure, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, 2006