Montreal leads the way in terms of people living alone
As noted in a Montreal Gazette report, Montreal’s 41% of people living on their own exceeds the national average of 27%, with only Vancouver even coming close in comparison.
The percentage of people living alone in other major Canadian cities includes:
- Vancouver (38%);
- Toronto (32%);
- Halifax (29%);
- Ottawa (28%);
- Calgary (26%).
According to experts, some of the most prominent reasons why Montreal leads the way in terms of solo living include:
- An aging population that leaves more widows and widowers;
- A high number of students in a university city;
- Young families moving out of the city to cheaper suburb homes;
- Declining immigration;
- Declining birthrates in Quebec.
As a result, one expert warns that Montreal may be showing signs of a pending crisis in terms of its social infrastructure, as single Baby Boomers grow old and the strain on social services exceeds preparedness.
Edited on 8 October 2012