Demographic Analysis Unit
Telephone: +44 (0)1329 447890
Categories: People and Places, Communities, Societal Wellbeing, Housing and Households, Households, People, Population, Families, Adoptions, Families, Children and Young People, Marriages, Cohabitations, Civil Partnerships and Divorces, Families with Children, Family Composition, Household Composition and Characteristics, Households by Size, Living Arrangements, One-person Households, Pensioner Households, Single Parent Households
Frequency of release: Annually
Geographical coverage: UK
Survey name(s): Labour Force Survey
In 2013 there were 18.2 million families in the UK. Of these, 12.3 million consisted of a married couple with or without children.
The number of opposite sex cohabiting couple families has increased significantly, from 2.2 million in 2003 to 2.9 million in 2013. The number of dependent children living in opposite sex cohabiting couple families rose from 1.4 million to 1.9 million over the same period.
There were nearly 1.9 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK in 2013, a figure which has grown steadily but not significantly from 1.8 million in 2003.
There were 26.4 million households in the UK in 2013. Of these, 29% consisted of only one person and 20% consisted of four or more people.
The fastest growing household type was households containing two or more families, increasing by 39% from 206,000 households in 2003 to 286,000 households in 2013. However multi-family households still only represent 1% of all households.
The Quality and Methodology Information Report for families and households (245.9 Kb Pdf) provides information about the methods used to produce these statistics and data quality.
Frequently Asked Questions about families and households statistics are available.
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.