3. FAMILIES

The decrease of population in the area, and the increasing number of single person households, leads to the conclusion that multi-person households, which includes families have been decreasing. Dominion Bureau of Statistics figures confirm this view. The Metropolitan Corporation survey counted 1,802 families in 1968. The type of family is given in Table 5.4.

The size of families (as opposed to the size of households) has remained very constant over the last several years. Census statistics must be relied on exclusively in this area since the Corporation survey did not analyze family structure from this viewpoint. Families have averaged approximately 2.7 persons per family since 1946.

In [XMLmind] study area, 11.7% of the families are supported by female heads.