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Release: Families and Households, 2001 to 2010

Released: 14 April 2011 Next edition: (provisional date)

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  • In 2010 there were 17.9 million families in the UK. Of these 12.2 million consisted of a married couple with or without children.

  • The number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families increased from 2.1 million in 2001 to 2.7 million in 2010. The number of dependent children living in opposite sex cohabiting couple families increased from 1.3 million to 1.8 million over the same period.

  • There were 26.0 million households in the UK in 2010. Of these 29 per cent consisted of only one person and almost 20 per cent consisted of four or more people.

Recent estimates of the number of families by type, people in families by family type and children in families by type. Types of family include married couple families, cohabiting couple families and lone parent families. Tables on household size, household types and people in different household types are also provided. These include estimates of people living alone, multi-family households and households where members are all unrelated.

Related link: Social Trends households and families chapter (436 Kb Pdf) .

For further information please contact families@ons.gsi.gov.uk.

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