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Cohabiting Couple Families are the Fasted Growing Family Type

A new report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has given an insight into the structure of families in UK and revealed which are the most common family types.

According to the report, the married or civil partner couple family remains the most common in 2017 (12.9 million families), with the cohabiting couple family (3.3 million families) growing the fastest.
The report also revealed that:
  • In 2017 there were 19.0 million families in the UK, a 15% increase from 16.6 million in 1996.
  • In the UK there were 27.2 million households in 2017, resulting in an average household size of 2.4.
  • In 2017, there were 3.9 million people living alone aged 16 to 64 years; a larger proportion were male (58.5%); similarly there were 3.8 million people living alone aged 65 and over but a larger proportion (66.5%) were female.
  • Young males were more likely to be living with their parents than young females; around 32% of males aged 20 to 34 years were living with their parents compared with 20% of females aged 20 to 34 years in 2017.
“In 2017, the most common family type in the UK was the married or civil partner couple family (12.9 million families),” commented Emily Knipe, Population Statistics Division at ONS. “Opposite-sex couples were most likely to be in married couple families whereas same-sex couples were most likely to be in cohabiting couple families. This is likely to be because civil partnerships and marriages between same-sex couples in particular, are relatively new legal union statuses.”

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