According to the 2011 Census, 86,300 (58%) families living in Simcoe Muskoka reported having children at home. Of those, 27% were single parent families, an increase from 23% in 2006. In 2011, there were more single parent families with one child (59%) than with multiple children (41%) in Simcoe Muskoka. Among female-led single parent families, 43% had multiple children, while among male-led single parent families, 35% had multiple children. The number of female-led single parent families increased by 16% from 15,585 in 2006 to 18,055 in 2011. Male-led single parent families increased by 30%, from 4,005 in 2006 to 5,210 in 2011.
The chart below depicts how families with children are structured. The family dynamic has changed slightly from 2006 to 2011 with the percentage of common-law families remaining fairly constant, while married couple families have decreased. Of the 86,300 families that reported having children at home, 62% of those families were married couple families, which is a decrease of 4% from 2006. The family type with the most growth from 2006 to 2011 was female-led single parent families with an increase of 2%, accounting for 21% of families with children.