‘There's many stresses in life and in society today that probably contribute to it'
TRURO - The institution of marriage is on the decline in Truro, according to new census data from Statistics Canada.
The latest information from the 2011 census was released on Wednesday. It states married couples, with and without children, make up 61.6 per cent of families in Truro. That's a decrease from the last census taken in 2006 when 63.2 per cent of couples were married.
Truro Mayor Bill Mills was not shocked to learn of the results.
"It's not surprising," said Mills. "I bet you there's about the same or higher percentages in other towns and even higher in cities. There's many stresses in life and in society today that probably contribute to it."
Across Canada, the percentage of married couples has dropped during the last five years from 68.6 per cent to 67 per cent of all families.
In addition, the percentage of people in Truro who are divorced is 10.2 per cent, up from 9.4 per cent in 2006.
Some other details about families in Truro that are detailed in the new census report include:
* When the census was taken in May 2011, there were 3,220 families in Truro.
* Common-law couples make up 16.3 per cent of the families, up from 2006.
* Stepfamilies represent 6.8 per cent of all families in Truro.
* A total of 1.3 per cent of children under the age of 15 live with at least one grandparent instead of a parent.
* 22 per cent of families are headed by single parents: 18.2 per cent by single mothers and four per cent by fathers.
* 4.3 per cent of households have adult children aged 25 and older who are still living at home.
Statistics Canada also reported data wouldn't be compiled on same-sex couples in smaller geographic regions because of concerns about the accuracy of the numbers in smaller communities.
- With CP files