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The Kindness of Strangers

June 8, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to CANSIM data, 373,570 Vancouverites recorded making charitable donations in 2010. The mean age of donors was 52, and the average donation made was $380. The donors themselves were not necessarily wealthier than other citizens – their annual average income was roughly $54,000.

No Day But Today

June 7, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to the area’s 2012 Community Profile, the West End plays host to the largest percentage of rented dwellings in Vancouver. This is down exactly 10 per cent from the 1986 survey, where 91 per cent of the area’s buildings were occupied by renters. The West End contains 18 per cent of the city’s total rental stock, and virtually all of it (96 per cent) was built before 1980.

Meter Made

June 6, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to statistics obtained by The Vancouver Sun, revenues from city parking meters, tickets, and other parking-related activities jumped dramatically last year, from the $32.2 million collected in 2009, to $42.5 million. Vancouver has the highest peak on-street parking rates in North America.

Slippery Slope

June 5, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to a study conducted by the Durex Corporation (yes, that Durex Corporation), Canadians are leading the charge in the use of “personal lubricants”, far ahead of the worldwide average of 33 per cent. No word on whether this means Canadian women are more open to the concept, or simply more physiologically challenged.

State of the Union

June 4, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to a 2011 report commissioned by the Vancouver Foundation, 8.5 per cent of metro Vancouver couples are in mixed or interracial unions. This is slightly higher than the provincial rate of 5.9 per cent, and considerably higher than the national rate of 3.9 per cent.

Up In Smoke

June 1, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to a recently released report, B.C. students (grades 7-12) nearly top the class nationwide when it comes to marijuana usage – second only to Nova Scotia. The Canadian average is roughly 21%.

How Can I Connect You?

May 31, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to Cansim data from 2008, less than a quarter of B.C.’s adult population (aged 25-54) feels a strong attachment to their local community. This is compared with 34 per cent who feel a “very strong” sense of attachment to the province, and 60 per cent who feel the same way about their connection to the country itself.

We Are The 2%

May 30, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to statistics compiled by the city of Vancouver in time for the first stage of Grandview-Woodland’s new community plan, the area’s current population of roughly 27,000 has changed very little in the past 40 years. This is in sharp contrast to the rest of Vancouver, which, in the same amount of time, has experienced a total population growth of 36%.

Lifter, Leg, and Poker

May 29, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to a 2006 survey, the average Canadian will lose their virginity sometime before their 17th birthday, with 28% of teens between 15 and 17 reporting at least one instance of sexual intercourse. Of that, 41% of males and 29% of females reported having more than one partner.

Have You Heard The Good News?

May 28, 2012 | by  |  By the Numbers

According to 2006 data from the General Social Survey, one in three Canadians have chosen to tempt the fire and brimstone, indicating that they never attend church – up from one in five Canadians in 1985. A similar trend has been noted in those indicating they attend a church service at least once a week: 30 per cent in 1985, down to 21 per cent in 2006. No statistics have yet been released on the trend’s effect on irritating Christian rock.

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