All the single ladies (and men) – fun with census data

By Leslie Young

As an addition to our census coverage, I decided to take a more lighthearted look at our Statistics Canada spreadsheets, and turn them into a Census Dating Guide.

It was a lot of fun to make. It involved pulling out the unmarried, not common law individuals, male and female, from all age groups and analyzing the data.

We found that St. John’s and (oddly) Saint John had the highest ratio of available women to men. Saguenay, Quebec had proportionately the most men.

You’ll find a map at the bottom of the article that lets you explore concentrations of single people by sex and age group, down to the census tract level.

But the part I found most fascinating was the availability by age chart. It shows all kinds of things, like that men are probably getting married earlier, that enough people get divorced in their forties for it to make a blip on the graph. And, of course, that the supply of available elderly women far outstrips that of men.

About Leslie Young

A budding data and database geek, I try to turn numbers into stories. I've been with Global News since the spring of 2011. Find me on Twitter @leslieyoung
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