Despite the real estate woes in Toronto, more people are living own their own.
The Census 2016 data showed that more Canadians are living alone than ever before, and account for 28.2% of all households. That number is even higher in Toronto, where 32.2% were recorded as single-person households.
This percentage has skyrocketed since between 2011 and 2016, according to the City of Toronto. “The number of one-person households in Toronto grew by 28,780 (8.7%) between 2011 and 2016,” states a City Census report. “Toronto’s share of the increase in one-person households represented 52% of the growth in this household type across the GTHA.”
Not surprisingly, the highest concentration of one-person households is mostly downtown with a large amount of the households found in other central locations such as Liberty Village, the Sheppard corridor east, and the Etobicoke Mimico area.
And on the opposite end of single-living, the census states that just over one third of single young adults aged 20 to 34 (34.3% or 222,655 people) in Toronto were living in their parents’ homes. While the number seems large, this proportion is actually almost unchanged from 2011, when 34.6% of single young adults lived with their parents.
Overall, Toronto’s rate of young adults living at home is also lower than the province of Ontario (39.5%), as well as the other GTA municipalities (52.3%), especially Peel Region (53.5%) and York Region (58.6%). And most of the young adults live with their parents in the suburbs.