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For the second consecutive year, couple families in Ottawa-Gatineau and Oshawa ranked highest in family income out of all census metropolitan areas.

The Statistics Canada report released Wednesday defines couple families as "a couple living together, whether married or common law, at the same address and any children living at the same address."

The median family income for Canadian couple families was $61,200 in 2002. Families in Ottawa-Gatineau had a median of $78,400 and in Oshawa, $77,900. Windsor came third at $75,300. Provincially and territorially, couple families in Northwest Territories fared best, bringing in the highest median income at $94,300, followed by the Yukon at $75,500 and Alberta at $68,100.

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Single parent families in Ottawa-Gatineau also had the highest median income of all metropolitan areas at $34,300. Calgary came in second at $34,100 . The national median is $28,100. Provincially and territorially, lone-parent families in the Yukon had the highest median family income at $32,300. The Northwest Territories followed at $31,200 and Ontario at $30,500.

Statscan results are based on data obtained from income tax returns filed in spring, 2003. Figures have been adjusted for inflation.

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