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One-fifth of the population aged 15 and over live outside of census families

In 2011, 5,587,165 people aged 15 years and over did not live in census families, representing about one-fifth (20.5%) of this age group, up slightly from a decade earlier (18.8% in 2001). The largest category of these living arrangements was living alone, which accounted for 13.5% of the population aged 15 and over, up from 12.5% in 2001.

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Foster children: Counted for the first time in 2011

The 2011 Census counted foster children for the first time. This is a small population who are placed in the foster care system when, for various reasons, they do not live in their parental home. The foster system, including the establishment of age eligibility, is provincial/territorial jurisdiction. The majority of foster children reported in the 2011 Census were aged 14 and under (29,590 or 61.8%).

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The number of Canadians aged 65 and older is up and is close to 5 million

The 2011 Census counted 4,945,060 people aged 65 and older in Canada, an increase of more than 609,810, or 14.1%, between 2006 and 2011. This rate of growth was more than double the 5.9% increase for the Canadian population as a whole.

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Barrie, Ontario

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Barrie, Ontario
Place type City
Population in 2011 135,711
Population in 2006 128,430
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +5.7
Median age 37.2
Percent aged 15 and over 80.7
Population density (sq. km) 1753.6
Land area (sq. km) 77.39
Number of private households 49,940
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.7

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Video: Families, households and marital status data, 2011 Census

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