Comox has its own special demographic

Comox has an older median age, fewer children per family and more living in single detached homes than the rest of the province.

With an older median age, fewer children per family and living in more single detached homes than the rest of the province, Comox deviates slightly from the rest of the province when it comes to the most recent census data.

Council received the third release of the 2011 community profile data at Wednesday’s committee of the whole meeting, which includes marital status, family characteristics and household and dwelling characteristics.

According to the data, the median age in the town is 49.1, compared to 41.9 years for the province.

Sixty-three per cent of those 15 and over are married or living with a common-law partner, compared to 58 per cent for B.C.

In terms of the mix of housing types compared to the rest of the province, single family detached homes constituted 68 per cent of private dwelling in Comox, compared to 48 per cent in B.C.

Apartment buildings were only 12 per cent of private dwellings (29 per cent in the province), while semi-detached homes were nine per cent of the dwellings in the town (three per cent provincewide).

A future release of census data will provide the Town with information on household income, education levels and languages spoken.

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There’s a new place to exercise outdoors in Comox.

The first phase of a project funded though the a provincial grant will make its debut Monday — the Health Beat Outdoor Seniors’ Fitness Circuit grand opening is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 3:30 p.m. at Anderton Park, located at 175 Stewart St.

The park, which has equipment that complements those with physiotherapy needs, was funded through the Community Recreation Program in the amount of $400,000, with a Town of Comox contribution of $300,000.

The second phase, scheduled for spring 2013, is the rebuilding of the tennis courts.

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