Social Well-Being Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

BAIncome and Income Gap Indicators

BA8 Source of Income, Single Adults, Edmonton CMA

BAIncome & Income Gaps Indicators

Income is perhaps the most important social determinate of health. The level of income affects an individual or family’s ability to access goods and services that shape their living conditions and quality of life. Individuals and families need an income to pay for child care, housing, post-secondary education, healthy food, and out-of-pocket medical costs. Individuals and families with low incomes may face difficulty affording basic necessities and may be at higher risk of poverty and social exclusion.

It is important to consider income against the rising costs of living. When the cost of living increases at a faster rate than incomes, more low- and modest-income families are at risk of poverty.

BA8 Source of Income, Single Adults, Edmonton CMA

  • Single adults rely on employment as their main source of income but have recently decreased slightly. Own source income has grown slightly along with government transfers.
  • For persons not in census families (i.e. single adults), employment as a percentage of total income increased slightly from 68.6% in 2000 to 69.6% in 2015 and then decreased to 66.5% in 2019.
  • Income from government transfers declined slightly as a percentage of total income, from 15.9% in 2000 to 13.2% in 2015, then increased to 16.5% in 2019.
  • Own source income has grown slightly, from 15.5% of total income in the year 2000 to 17.1% in the year 2019.

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