Map of Simcoe Muskoka

Determinants Of Health

Lone-Parent Families

According to the 2016 Census, 90,860 (57%) families living in Simcoe Muskoka reported having children at home. Of those, 28% (or 25,615) were lone-parent families, an increase from 27% (or 23,260) in 2011. In 2016, there were more lone-parent families with one child (60%) than lone-parent families with multiple children (40%) in Simcoe Muskoka. A higher percentage of lone-parent families were female-led (77%) rather than male-led (23%). The number of female-led lone-parent families increased by 10% from 18,055 in 2011 to 19,770 in 2016. Male-led lone-parent families increased by 12%, from 5,210 in 2011 to 5,845 in 2016. This increase between 2011 and 2016 was less dramatic than the increase seen earlier between 2006 and 2011 (16% increase in female-led and 30% in male-led lone-parent families from 2006 to 2011, respectively). 

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The chart below depicts how families with children were structured in 2016. The family structure was fairly consistent between Simcoe, Muskoka and Ontario. Dual-parent or couples (married or common-law) accounted for the majority of families with children. Ontario had a slightly higher percentage of dual-parent families (72.6%) while Simcoe and Muskoka had a higher percentage of male-led lone-parent families (6.4% and 7.1%).

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In Simcoe County, 28.1% of families with children were lone-parent families. Among this percentage, 77% (or 17,900 families) were female-led and 23% (or 5,235 families) were male-led. 

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In District of Muskoka, 28.8% of families with children were lone-parent families. Among this percentage, 75% (or 1,870 families) were female-led and 25% (or 610 families) were male-led.

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As seen in the data table below, median after-tax household income is highest among dual parent families and lowest among female-led lone-parent families. Compared to Ontario and Simcoe County, the district of Muskoka had lower reported median after-tax household income for each family type.

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