Named for Saint Valentine, this is a day when people express their love by sending cards, exchanging gifts of chocolate, roses or personal items, and even sharing romantic dinners by candlelight.
Here are some facts on assorted topics related to Valentine’s Day according to Stats Canada (Last updated: January 29, 2014):
Happy Valentines Day
Call me, maybe?
11,784,855 — The total number of persons not living in a couple (including never-married, divorced, separated or widowed) aged 15 and over in Canada in 2011.
Source: 2011 Census, Census Profile.
I will love you, unconditionally!
15,723,715 — The total number of persons in private households living in a couple (including opposite- and same-sex married spouses and common-law partners) aged 15 and over in Canada in 2011.
Source: Household Living Arrangements (12), Age Groups (21) and Sex (3) for the Population in Private Households of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2011 Census.
Same-sex couples accounted for 0.8% of all couples in 2011.
The number of same-sex married couples nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, reflecting the first full five-year period for which same-sex marriage has been legal across the country.
64,575 — The number of same-sex couple families in 2011.
21,015 — The number of same-sex married couples.
43,560 — The number of same-sex common-law couples.
Source: 2011 Census, “2011 Census of Population: Families, households, marital status, structural type of dwelling, collectives,” The Daily, Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
All couples in Canada
7,861,860 — The total number of couples in private households in Canada in 2011. Of these couples, 6.3 million were married couples and 1.6 million were common-law unions.
Sources: 2011 Census, Portrait of Families and Living Arrangements in Canada; Table 1: Distribution (number and percentage) and percentage change of census families by family structure, Canada, 2001 to 2011.
A place to find your soulmate
You may or may not find your soulmate in these selected places, but you might find some interesting data using the NHS Profile or the Census Profile:
• Cupids, Newfoundland & Labrador
• Heart Lake, Alberta
• Heart’s Delight, Newfoundland & Labrador
• Heart’s Content, Newfoundland & Labrador
• Heart’s Desire, Newfoundland & Labrador
• Heart’s Hill, Saskatchewan
• Love, Saskatchewan
• Saint-Valentin, Quebec