Low income by family type

Statistics last updated April 29, 2013.

Percentage of Persons in Low-Income by Family Composition, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs, Nova Scotia, 2001, 2006, 2011

Percentage of Persons in Low-Income by Family Composition, After-Tax LICO, Nova Scotia, 2001, 2006, 2011

Key Points

  • Unattached individuals, who make up approximately 50% of Nova Scotia's low-income population and 60% of the Income Assistance caseload, experience a much higher incidence of low-income - 22.2% in 2011 compared to 4.0% among people in families consisting of two or more people.
  • In other words, in 2011, approximately one in four or five unattached individuals in Nova Scotia were living in low-income compared to one in 25 people in families consisting of two or more people.
Percentage of Persons in Low-Income by Family Composition, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs, Nova Scotia, 2001, 2006, 2011
2001 2006 2011
All family units 10.6% 8.6% 7.0%
Married couples 8.5% 3.8% 1.9%
Two-parent families with children 7.7% 3.3% 4.4%
Lone-parent families 33.3% 25.4% 19.9%
Unattached individuals 28.1% 29.8%22.2%
Source
Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 202-0804.

Distribution of Persons in Low-Income by Family Composition, After Tax Low Income Cut-Offs, Nova Scotia, 2011

Distribution of Persons in Low-Income by Family Composition, After-Tax LICO, Nova Scotia, 2011

Distribution of Persons in Low Income by Family Composition, After-Tax LICO, Nova Scotia, 2011
2011
Persons in married couple families without children 6,000
Persons in two-parent families with children 13,000
Persons in lone-parent families 11,000
Elderly individuals 4,000
Non-elderly individuals 30,000
Source
Statistics Canada, CANSIM Table 202-0804.

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