New study: North Battleford singles the most baby-crazy in Canada
We want babies: Canada’s broodiest singles
The large-scale study, which was carried out by dating site EliteSingles, analyzed anonymous, randomly selected user data from 84,000 Canadians aged 18-45. The analysis paid attention to one particular question: Do you want to have children? Participants were required to answer yes, no, or maybe - which allowed the EliteSingles researchers to cross-check the data against location and thus determine the most parentally inclined cities in Canada.
Leading the pack is North Battleford, where 53% of singles say that they definitely want to have children - a far higher percentage than the national 'yes' average of 38.5%. Following closely in second place is Ajax in Ontario, where 52% say they'd like to have kids, while another Ontario town, Collingwood, takes third position with 51% of local singles wanting babies.
Baby-crazy singles in a town near you
The study also looked at data on a regional level, determining the broodiest province overall (Prince Edward Island, where 48% want kids) and the most baby-crazy city in each province or territory:
- Alberta: Calgary
- British Columbia: Port Moody
- Manitoba: Winnipeg
- New Brunswick: Saint John
- Newfoundland and Labrador: Paradise
- Nova Scotia: Truro
- Ontario: Ajax
- Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown
- Quebec: Saguenay
- Saskatchewan: North Battleford
- Northwest Territories: Yellowknife
- Yukon: Whitehorse
(please note; data was insufficient for Nunuvut).
Canadians who don't want children
Of course, not everyone wants a future full of babies, and the study also the determined the least broody singles in Canada - those men and women who are adamant that they do not want children.
And it's the singles of Quesnel, British Columbia, who are the most determined to remain childfree, with 30% saying they definitely don't want kids (a much higher figure than the national average of 18%). They are joined in the no-babies camp by singles from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, where 29% don't want children, and by Grimsby in Ontario, where 28% say no to the idea.
Finally, the study also uncovered that plenty of single Canadians simply don't know whether or not children are for them. Those who haven't yet made up their mids will equally confused company in Leamington, Ontario, where the singles are the most indecisive in Canada (at least in regards to babies). Nationally, 44% of singles say 'maybe' to the idea of children - but in Leamington, that figure is 62%!
For more on this study, including the breakdown of differences between desire for children in men and women, please see our full report.