Smaller homes – what Statistics Canada 2016 Census data tells us

Posted on September 6th, 2017

Close to one-third (28.7%) of Metro Vancouver adults now live in one-person households, according to newly released Statistics Canada 2016 Census data.

Married couples with children no longer predominate.

The City of Vancouver has the highest number of singles home alone (38.8%), followed by New Westminster (38.3%), Burnaby (27.9%), and West Vancouver (27.5%).

This demographic is reshaping communities and home designs.

Affordability is key, since single home buyers typically have less income than dual-income households and look for smaller apartments and townhomes. Watch for new types of living arrangements to become increasingly popular such as friends buying homes together.

At the same time, households with five and more residents are also an important demographic in Metro Vancouver municipalities. Delta tops the list (12.9%), followed by Richmond (10.4%), Maple Ridge (10.3%) and Coquitlam (9.8%).

Hand in hand with larger households are multi-generation households. Again Delta tops the list (6.6%), followed by Richmond (6.1%), Vancouver (4.8%) and Coquitlam (4.5%). Again this demographic will reshape communities – but not to the same extend as one-person households.

Comparing the growth rate of private dwellings throughout Metro Vancouver yields interesting data about the popularity of communities .

Coquitlam tops the list, growing by 12.7 per cent from the 2011 Census to the 2016 Census, followed by Richmond (8.9%), Vancouver (7.9%) and Maple Ridge (7.7%).

Learn more about families, households and marital status from Statistics Canada 2016 Census data.

Changing families. Did you know?
In 1871, Canadian households had an average of 5.6 residents, a ratio that dropped to 2.4 by 2016.

Contact your Royal Pacific Realty Group Realtor® if you’re interested in buying a home.

Sources: Statistics Canada 2016 Census data, REBGV