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Release: Families and Households, 2012

Released: 01 November 2012 Next edition: 31 October 2013
  • In 2012 there were 18.2 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 has increased significantly, from 1.5 million in 1996 to 2.9 million in 2012. The number of dependent children living in opposite sex cohabiting couple families doubled from 0.9 million to 1.8 million over the same period.

  • In 2012, 38 per cent of married couple families had dependent children, compared with 39 per cent of opposite sex cohabiting couple families.

  • There were nearly 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK in 2012, a figure which has grown steadily but significantly from 1.6 million in 1996.

  • There were 26.4 million households in the UK in 2012. Of these, 29 per cent consisted of only one person and almost 20 per cent consisted of four or more people.

The Summary Quality Report for families and households (105.5 Kb Pdf) provides information about the methods used to produce these statistics and data quality.

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Presents 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.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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