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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Family income

2002

The median total family income for couple families in Canada amounted to $61,200 in 2002. For the second consecutive year, couple families in Ottawa-Gatineau and Oshawa led all census metropolitan areas in family income.

Those in Ottawa-Gatineau had a median of $78,400, and those in Oshawa, $77,900. Couple families in Windsor, in third place since 2001, had a median of $75,300.

The median is the point where exactly one half of incomes are higher and one half are lower.

Among lone-parent families, Ottawa-Gatineau remained the highest in 2002 among all metropolitan areas with a median family income of $34,300. Calgary was a close second at $34,100. The national median for lone-parent families was $28,100.

Provincially and territorially, the median total family income for couple families in the Northwest Territories remained highest, at $94,300. Couple families in the Yukon and Alberta followed with median family incomes of $75,500 and $68,100, respectively.

For lone-parent families, those in the Yukon had the highest median family income at $32,300, followed by Northwest Territories ($31,200) and Ontario ($30,500).

Data are defined according to census family definitions. Couple families consist of a couple living together, whether married or common law, at the same address and any children living at the same address. A lone-parent family is a family with only one parent, male or female, and with at least one child.

Data in this release were obtained primarily from income tax returns filed in the spring of 2003. Income data are after receipt of transfers and are available for both before and after the payment of tax. All figures for previous years have been adjusted for inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Data for family income (13C0016, various prices) and seniors' income (89C0022, various prices) are available for the following geographic levels: letter carrier routes, census tracts, urban forward sortation areas (the first three characters of the postal code), cities, towns, federal electoral districts, census agglomerations, census divisions, census metropolitan areas, economic regions, provinces, territories and Canada.

Available on CANSIM: tables 111-0009 to 111-0015.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number 4105.

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Client Services (1-866-652-8443; 613-951-9720; fax: 1-866-652-8444 or 613-951-4745; saadinfo@statcan.gc.ca), Small Area and Administrative Data Division.

Median total income of families before payment of taxes1

2002

  Family type
  Couple families Lone-parent families Total couple and lone-parent families Non-family persons
  $
Canada 61,200 28,100 55,000 20,100
St. John's 62,300 24,700 53,800 16,900
Halifax 65,200 26,100 58,000 22,000
Saint John 58,700 24,000 51,200 17,900
Saguenay 58,300 27,800 53,400 16,800
Québec 63,400 33,000 58,200 20,200
Sherbrooke 56,600 28,300 50,800 17,500
Trois-Rivières 55,500 25,400 49,400 16,500
Montréal 59,900 29,100 53,500 19,200
Ottawa-Gatineau 78,400 34,300 70,200 26,800
Kingston 66,500 28,900 59,900 22,000
Oshawa 77,900 32,600 70,300 25,100
Toronto 64,800 32,600 58,200 21,800
Hamilton 70,500 30,800 63,800 22,500
St.Catharines-Niagara 62,700 28,400 56,600 21,000
Kitchener 71,900 32,400 65,900 24,300
London 66,700 28,900 59,800 22,400
Windsor 75,300 30,000 67,100 23,900
Greater Sudbury 65,900 25,700 58,300 19,500
Thunder Bay 69,200 27,000 61,800 20,900
Winnipeg 62,800 28,400 56,200 21,000
Regina 70,800 28,200 61,500 22,200
Saskatoon 63,600 24,600 56,100 20,500
Calgary 73,000 34,100 66,700 26,000
Edmonton 70,500 31,000 63,400 22,800
Abbotsford 55,500 24,800 50,400 18,800
Vancouver 58,700 29,700 53,500 21,100
Victoria 66,600 31,600 60,400 23,800
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