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WHERE CANADIANS STAND
 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Canadians always came out second best in comparison to our neighbours to the south. And, particularly in the English-speaking regions of the country, this led to an overwhelming sense of inferiority about everything Canadian. It may be less so today, but it still exists. It can be seen in the urge many English Canadians have to adopt all things American unthinkingly, because after all, anything American must, by definition, be the best in the world. At the same time, many English Canadians make a fetish of being anti-American. It gives them a sense of moral superiority, the very essence of having an inferiority complex. Both the inferiority complex and moral superiority complex originate in the same place, i.e. the abysmal ignorance among Canadians of their history, their institutions, and what makes them Canadian. But that discussion belongs in another place, not here.

In 2008, around Canada Day, Maclean's Magazine published a report using Statistics Canada and U.S. Federal Reserve figures from 2004/5. The results, as you'll see, now favour Canadians. Some of the relevant figures are excerpted below. It's important to remember that these figures are averages or median figures, so they're affected by regional disparities and by the still deep racial divide in the United States and the great differences in social legislation of both countries (which has a negative effect on many American numbers).

FINANCES

Median Family Net Worth
Canada
US$122,600
United States
US$93,100
Median Household Income
Canada
US$44,325
United States
US$46,325
Per Capita Personal Debt
Canada
US$23,460
United States
US$40,250
Average Number of Work Hours/Week
Canada
34.6
United States
37.9
Paid Vacation Days per Year
Canada
17
United States
14
Percent of Parents having Dinner at home with Family every Night
Canada
40
United States
28
Percent consuming Alcohol 'a few times a week'
Canada
27
United States
19
Percent of Household Expenditures spent on Vehicle Purchases
Canada
4.5
United States
7.1
Luxury Car and SUV sales as percentage of Total
Canada
11
United States
21.3

RELIGION & SEX

Percent who say that Religion is 'very important to them'
Canada
28
United States
60
Marriages per year per 1,000 unmarried Women Age 15+
Canada
22.2
United States
40.7
Common Law as a Percentage of all Couples
Canada
18.4
United States
7.6
Percent of Births to Unmarried Women
Canada
25.6
United States
38.5
Divorces per year per 1,000 married Woman Age 15+
Canada
10.6
United States
16.4

HEALTH

Public & Private Health Care Spending per Person per Year
Canada
US$3,326
United States
US$6,401
Life Expectancy for Men
Canada
77.8
United States
75.2
Life Expectancy for Women
Canada
82.6
United States
80.4
Percent of Obese Women
Canada
19
United States
33
Percent of Obese Men
Canada
17
United States
31

CRIME

Guns per 100 People
Canada
30
United States
90
Murders per 100,000 Population
Canada
1.9
United States
5.7
Auto Thefts per 100,000 Population
Canada
487
United States
398
Robberies per 100,000 Population
Canada
94
United States
149
Break & Enter per 100,000 Population
Canada
768
United States
729

SEX & PREGNANCY

Percent who have Sex at least once a Week
Canada
59
United States
53
Lifetime number of Sex Partners reported by Men
Canada
23
United States
13
Percent of Teens who say they used a Condom the last time they had Sex
Canada
76
United States
62
Number of Teen Pregnancies per 100,000 teen Females
Canada
3.050
United States
7,200
Number of teen Girls with Chlamydia per 100,000 Population
Canada
1,367
United States
2,863

TRAVEL

Percent of Citizens with a Passport
Canada
50
United States
30
Average Leisure Trips per Person per Year
Canada
5.2
United States
5.2
Of these, the Number to Foreign Destination
Canada
1.2
United States
0.2
Overnight Trips Abroad per Year per 100,000 Population
Canada
71,900
United States
21,300
Top Foreign Destination
Canada
U.S.
United States
Mexico