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Earnings and Incomes of Canadians Over the Past Quarter Century, 2006 Census: Incomes of families

Among people living on their own, Albertans had the highest growth in median income

Nationally, the median income of people living on their own, that is, those who are not part of an economic family, was $24,808 in 2005, up 6.3% from 2000 (in 2005 constant dollars). Across provinces and territories, the patterns in income growth for non-family individuals were very similar to those noted for economic families.

Among the provinces, the fastest growth in income of people living on their own occurred in Alberta, where median income rose 10.8% to $29,358, followed by those living in Saskatchewan, whose median income rose 8.1% to $21,980.

People living on their own in Ontario experienced the smallest increase in their income, only 0.8%, to $27,365—dropping Ontario behind Alberta for the first time.

In the territories, people living on their own had exceptionally high increases in median income: 15.7% in Nunavut, to $39,381; 11.8% in the Northwest Territories, to $38,060; and 7.2% in the Yukon Territory, to $30,406.

Table 14
Median total income, in 2005 constant dollars, of persons not in economic families, Canada, provinces and territories, 2000 and 2005

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