Trends in Reconstituted Families
- In 2011 there were 544,000 step families with dependent children in England and Wales.
- This means that 11% of couple families with dependent children were step families.
- The Number of step families has increased since the 1950s.
- However, the number of step families has declined recently dropping from 631,000 in 2001 to just 544,000 in 2011.
- If there is only one biological parent in the step-family, that parent is the mother rather than the father in 90% of cases.
Trends in Lone Parent Households
- There were nearly 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK in 2012, a figure which has grown significantly from 1.6 million in 1996.
- In 2012, women accounted for 91 per cent of lone parents with dependent children and men the remaining 9 per cent. These percentages have changed little since 1996.
Trends in Single Person Households
- In the UK, 34% of households have one person living in them.
- According to Euromonitor International, the number of people living alone globally is skyrocketing, rising from about 153 million in 1996 to 277 million in 2011 – an increase of around 80% in 15 years.
Trends in ‘Kidult’ Households
- According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2011, nearly 3.0 million adults aged between 20 and 34 were living with a parent or parents, an increase of almost half a million, or 20 per cent, since 1997.
- This means that nearly 1/3 men and 1/7 women in the UK now live with their parents.
Trends in Multigenerational Households
- The ONS doesn’t collect data on ‘multigenerational households’, but it does collect data on ‘concealed families’, a closely related concept.
- The latest census analysis reveals there were 289,000 concealed families in 2011, making up 1.8% of all families (15.8 million) in England and Wales. A concealed family is a family living in a multi-family household, in addition to the primary family.