2. HOUSEHOLDS

The 1968 Metropolitan Corporation survey counted 4,954 households in the area. If Dominion Bureau of Statistics figures are analyzed for a historical trend, it can be seen that the number of households has increased steadily since 1946. In that year, D.B.S. counted 3,862 households; by 1966 the figure had increased to 4,222. The combination o a decreasing population and an increasing number of households must produce a smaller average household size. D.B.S. figures show the number of persons per household dropping from 3.8 in 1946 to 1.9 in 1966. The Metropolitan Corporation survey of 1967-68 arrived at a figure of 1.7. This phenomenon could be the result of a number of trends -- the formation of more single-person households, the undoubling of shared households, the breaking up of multiple-person households, or some combination of all of these.

The changes that have taken place in the size compositions of households are illustrated in Table 5.2. Theses figures have been derived from Dominion Census publications.

Single-person households have increased steadily; every other category has decreased. The results of the Metropolitan Corporation survey reinforce the evidence indicating an increasing number of smaller households. Table 5.3 indicates the size of households in the study area in 1968.