Life satisfaction 2008

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Life satisfaction is a personal subjective assessment of global well-being.

In 2008, 91.4% of Canadians aged 12 or older reported that they were satisfied or very satisfied with life. This figure was almost unchanged from 2003.

Throughout this period, there were no significant differences between men and women in reported levels of life satisfaction.

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Chart 1: Percentage satisfied or very satisfied with life, household population aged 12 or older, Canada, 2003 to 2008

In 2008, Canadians aged 12 to 19 reported the highest rate of satisfaction with life (94.4%). Males in this age group reported higher rates than did their female contemporaries (95.2% versus 93.4%).

In the other age groups, differences between the sexes were not significant.

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Chart 2: Percentage satisfied or very satisfied with life, by age group and sex, household population aged 12 or older, Canada, 2008

Not surprisingly, Canadians' life satisfaction was related to their health. Of those who were satisfied with their lives, 62.5% reported that their health was excellent or very good, compared with 16.9% of those who were dissatisfied with their lives. In contrast, 8.4% of those who were satisfied with life reported fair or poor health, whereas 54.2% who were dissatisfied with life were in fair or poor health.

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Chart 3: Satisfaction with life by self-perceived health, Canada, 2008

In 2008, the percentage of residents who were satisfied with life was above the national average in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec and Northwest Territories. Only Ontario and British Columbia reported satisfaction rates below the national level.

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Chart 4: Percentage satisfied or very satisfied with life, household population aged 12 or older,  Canada, 2008

Residents of rural areas were more likely than urban dwellers to be satisfied or very satisfied with life (94.0% compared with 90.8%).

Source

Additional information from the Canadian Community Health Survey is available from CANSIM table 105-0501.

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