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Average Incomes by Family Type, 1991 and 1996, Canada

  1991 1996
  $ constant 1996
Economic families1 56,623 56,629
Elderly families2 42,708 42,759
  Married couples only 38,328 39,588
  All other elderly families 53,205 51,745
Non-elderly families3 59,017 59,032
Married couples only 56,990 56,674
  One earner 43,806 47,026
  Two earners 64,590 64,369
Two-parent families with children4 63,121 63,981
  One earner 46,029 45,322
  Two earners 64,027 66,241
  Three or more earners 80,325 82,762
Married couples with other relatives5 78,718 81,183
Lone-parent families4 25,801 26,147
  Male lone-parent families 39,673 39,428
  Female lone-parent families 23,761 24,044
    No earner 14,156 13,726
    One earner 25,993 27,706
All other non-elderly families 46,954 48,814
Unattached individuals 24,522 24,433
Elderly 19,572 20,023
  Male 21,990 25,020
  Female 18,771 18,139
Non-elderly 26,341 26,217
  Male 28,270 28,158
  Female 23,764 23,432
1. An economic family is a group of individuals sharing a common dwelling unit who are related by blood, marriage (including common-law relationships) or adoption.
2. Head 65 years of age and over.
3. Head less than 65 years of age.
4. With single children less than 18 years of age. Children 18 years of age and over and/or other relatives may also be present.
5. Children less than 18 years of age are not present, but children 18 years of age and over may be present.
Source: Statistics Canada, Catalogue no. 13-207-XPB.

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Example: The average income of an economic family remained virtually unchanged between 1991 and 1996 ($56,623 vs. $56,629). Certain types of families, however, experienced greater changes on average. Single-parent families with one earner experienced an increase in average family income between 1991 and 1996. Single-parent families with no earners, however, were worse off, as their average family income decreased from $14,156 in 1991 to $13,726 in 1996.
The average income of unattached individuals decreased during this time period, from $24,522 to $24,433. Among unattached individuals, elderly males experienced, on average, the greatest increase in income.

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