Close to one-third (28.7%) of Metro Vancouver adults now live in one-person households, according to newly released Statistics Canada census data. Married couples with children no longer predominate.

The City of Vancouver has the highest number of singles home alone (38.8%), followed by New Westminster (38.3%), Burnaby (27.9%), and West Vancouver (27.5%).

This demographic is reshaping communities and home designs. Affordability is key, since single home buyers typically have less income than dual-income households and look for more compact apartments and townhomes. Watch for new types of living arrangements to become increasingly popular such as friends buying homes together.

At the same time, households with five or more residents are also an important demographic in Metro Vancouver municipalities. Delta tops the list (12.9%), followed by Richmond (10.4%), Maple Ridge (10.3%), and Coquitlam (9.8%).

Hand in hand with larger households are multi-generation households. Again, Delta tops the list (6.6%), followed by Richmond (6.1%), Vancouver (4.8%), and Coquitlam (4.5%). This demographic will also reshape communities, but not to the same extent as one-person households.

Comparing the growth rate of private dwellings throughout Metro Vancouver yields interesting data about the popularity of communities.

Coquitlam tops the list, growing by 12.7 per cent from the 2011 census to the 2016 census, followed by Richmond (8.9%), Vancouver (7.9%) and Maple Ridge (7.7%). In contrast, West Vancouver declined (‑0.1%).

Learn more about families, households and marital status from the 2016 census.