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Canada’s national character is known for certain middle-of-the-road qualities. We get riled up, but we’re not hot-headed. When we get down, we still manage to be optimists. We like to play peacekeeper. We value civility or, more specifically, peace, order and good government. Even the design of our flag speaks to our default disposition – the symbol of our nation set squarely in the middle of two extremes. Perhaps that makes us average. But what’s average? And how do we stack up against rudimentary standards, whether it’s our individual height, weight, consumer debt load or commute time? Today, on Canada Day, we’ve compiled a wide array of data in a broad range of categories to draw a picture of just what the average Canadian looks like in 2013.

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