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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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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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Stepfamilies: Counted for the first time in 2011

With the 2011 Census, it is possible for the first time to classify census families comprised of couples with children as either intact families or stepfamilies.

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

2011 Census Profile (selected characteristics) - Niagara Falls, Ontario
Place type City
Population in 2011 82,997
Population in 2006 82,184
Percent change, 2006 to 2011 +1.0
Median age 43.3
Percent aged 15 and over 84.4
Population density (sq. km) 395.8
Land area (sq. km) 209.71
Number of private households 33,380
Avg. number of persons in private households 2.4

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