In Québec, 1.2 million people live alone

Québec, February 6, 2018. – In Québec, 1.2 million people live alone, according to data from the 2016 Census. This number represents 17% of the population aged 15 and over. The share of people living alone is on the rise and has doubled since 1981, when 8% of people in Québec had been identified in the census as living alone in their usual place of residence. These findings come from an article entitled “Combien de personnes vivent seules au Québec en 2016?”, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec in the bulletin Données sociodémographiques en bref.

Overall, women are slightly more likely to live alone (18%) than men (17%), but important gender differences emerge when age is taken into account. Among women, the proportion of persons living alone ranges from 9% to 38%—the rates observed for women aged 35 to 44 and 80 to 84, respectively. However, among men, this proportion generally hovers around 20%, no matter the age group. Before the age of 60, men are more likely to live alone than women, but the opposite is true after the age of 60.

People are more likely to live alone in Québec than in Canada as a whole, where slightly under 14% of the population aged 15 and over lives alone. This holds true for all age groups, except for the eldest. Among those aged 85 and over, Québec is one of the provinces with the lowest share of people living alone.

Proportions vary greatly at the administrative region level. Montréal proportionately has the most people living alone (21%). In contrast, the Nord-du-Québec region (9%) and, to a lesser extent, the regions adjacent to Montréal (between 12% and 15%) have the fewest.


The Institut de la statistique du Québec produces, analyzes and disseminates official, objective and quality statistical information on various aspects of Québec society. It is responsible for carrying out all statistical surveys of general interest. The relevance of its work makes it a strategic ally for decision makers and all those wishing to learn more about Québec.

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