Nelsonites less likely to head to the altar

Marriage is less common in Nelson than in neighbouring cities and the rest of BC and Canada, according to the 2011 census.

Dawna Penner and Garnet Runcie got married on Nelson’s Streetcar 23 last year.

Marriage is less common in Nelson than in neighbouring cities and the rest of BC and Canada, according to data from the 2011 census released last week by Statistics Canada.

About 38 per cent of the city’s population over age 15 was married, the national number-crunching agency said. Another 11.5 per cent or so was living common law.

Thirty-one per cent was single, about nine per cent divorced, 6.5 per cent widowed, and 3.5 separated.

By comparison, in Castlegar, Trail, Rossland, and Grand Forks, the percentage of married residents among those 15 and up was 45 to 49 per cent. Common law rates ranged from about nine per cent in Trail to over 14 per cent in Rossland.

In the Regional District of Central Kootenay as a whole, which Nelson belongs to, about 49 per cent are married, and another 12 per cent in common-law relationships.

The BC-wide marriage rate is roughly the same, although the common-law incidence is lower. Most striking is comparing Nelson to the national figures: across Canada, more than 57 per cent are married.

Nelson’s numbers are not much changed percentage-wise from the previous census of 2006.

Data on same-sex marriages was not released for smaller communities due to concerns StatsCan may have inadvertently counted roommates as gay couples.

Other findings included family size: Nelson had 1,455 two-person households, and 130 with five people or more.

About 810 married couples had children at home, while 785 had none. Of the 575 single parents, 455 were women and 35 were raising three or more children.

Plenty of young people were also living at home with mom and dad: 460 ages 18 to 24 and 185 who were 25 and older.

Just Posted

Trail company bids to replace Greyhound for Nelson-Kelowna run

Silver City Stage Lines has applied to the Passenger Transportation Board

Observant neighbour averts fire disaster

Blueberry resident spots neighbour’s truck on fire.

COLUMN: Carrot thief, forest fires, and a horse-boat collision

Greg Scott brings us news from the archives of the Nelson Daily News fifty years ago

Kootenay fires grow — more evacuation alerts

Syringa fire prompts evacuation alerts plus HWY 3 closure and U.S. fire crosses into B.C.

VIDEO: Auto repair shop celebrates Nelson mural festival

A painting by Barry Overn at Downtown Automotive turned heads at the festival opening.

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Liberals scrap lottery system for reuniting immigrants with their parents

Lottery for parent sponsorship to be replaced, more applications to be accepted

Bear kills off-leash dog in B.C. park

There have been nearly 200 pet or livestock and bear encounters so far this year

Trudeau says he won’t apologize to heckler, pledges to call out ‘hate speech’

Prime Minister had accused woman of racism as she shouted about illegal immigration at Quebec rally

Most Read