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Decreasing share of senior women living alone

2011 Census data showed that about one-quarter (24.6%) of the population aged 65 and over lived alone, down from 2001 (26.7%). The share of the population that lived alone was fairly low and stable until about the age of 50 for women, and until approximately age 70 for men. After these ages, the prevalence of living alone increased for both sexes, but more sharply for women.

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Between 2006 and 2011, all census metropolitan areas located in Western Canada have had higher population growth than the national average, except Winnipeg and Victoria

The four Canadian CMAs with the highest rates of population growth since 2006 are located in Western Canada: Calgary (+12.6%), Edmonton (+12.1%), Saskatoon (+11.4%) and Kelowna (+10.8%). Of all the CMAs located in the Prairie provinces and British Columbia, only Winnipeg (+5.1%) and Victoria (+4.4%) had population growth below the national average.

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Proportion of seniors below the national average in most census metropolitan areas located in Western provinces

In 2011, all CMAs located west of Ontario had a proportion of people aged 65 and over below the national average of 14.8%, except for Kelowna (19.2%) and Victoria (18.4%)Note 6 in British Columbia.

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Lac-Mégantic, Quebec

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Lac-Mégantic, Quebec
Place type Ville
Population in 2011 5,932
Population in 2006 5,967
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 -0.6
Median age 48.6
Percent aged 15 and over 85.3
Population density (sq. km) 272.5
Land area (sq. km) 21.77
Number of private households 2,755
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.0

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