The Canadian Press

For the first time in Canadian history, census data reveals more of us are living alone than in families.

Statistics Canada says slightly more than 28 per cent of all households were made of up just one person in 2016, while couples with children totalled 26.5 per cent.

There are several social and economic factors behind the change, such as the aging population, including more empty nesters and widows, as well as higher divorce and separation rates.

The stats also showed more older children are still living at home as one in three adults aged 20 to 34 lived with at least one parent in 2016, up almost five percentage points from 2001.

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