How was life in 2011

Familys

According to the nuclear family concept of the United Nations, married couples or partnerships with or without children or parents with children form a family. Children are all natural, stepchildren and adoptive children living in the same household with their two parents or one parent who live in the household without their own partners and without their own children.

Coordinated employment statistics 2018

In 2018 (as of October 31), a total of 2,429,431 families lived in Austria. The number of families has increased by 12,630 or 0.5% since 2017. The increase in families without children was significantly greater (+ 1.2%) than in families with children (+ 0.1%).

A total of 991,077 families consist of couples without children (married couples: 31.7%; unions: 9.1%). Since the family statistics only cover family members living together in the same household, the “childless” couples in particular are often couples whose children have already left their parents' home. The majority (59.2%) of families have children. 36.4% of them are married couples, another 7.5% are partnerships with at least one child. In addition, there are 372,765 single-parent families. The majority of them (311,200 or 12.8% of families) are mothers with their child or their children of all ages. Families with fathers who live with their children without a partner living in the household make up a much smaller proportion at 61,565 or 2.5%. In general, in the case of families with children, it should be borne in mind that, according to the child definition, only the parent-child relationship is shown, regardless of whether it is actually still children or already adult daughters or sons.

A good half of all families with children have one child (52.5%), 35.5% have two and 9.4% three children of all ages. In total there are only about 37,800 families with four or more children in Austria, which corresponds to a share of 2.6% of all families with children. As in the previous year, the average number of children per family with children is 1.63.

Register census 2011

According to the register count, a total of 2,306,650 families were living in Austria on the reference date, October 31, 2011. The number of families has thus increased by 100,500 or 4.6% since 2001. The increase in families without children was strong (+ 14.0%), while the number of families with children even decreased slightly (-0.5%).

Around 879,700 families are couples without children (38.1%); in 1971 this proportion was 32.0%. Since the family statistics only cover family members living together in the same household, these “childless” couples are often also couples whose children have already left their parents' home.

Children live in around 1,427,000 families (61.9%). According to the family type, there are around 906,600 married couples (39.3% of families) and 149,700 partnerships with at least one child (6.5% of families) in Austria. In addition, there are almost 370,700 single-parent families (16.1% of families). The majority of them (316,000 or 13.7% of families) are mothers with their child or their children of all ages. Families with fathers who live with their children without a partner living in the household make up a much smaller proportion at 54,700 or 2.4%. In general, in the case of families with children, it should be borne in mind that, according to the child definition, only the parent-child relationship is shown, regardless of whether it is actually still children or already adult daughters or sons.

The distribution of families according to the number of children (living in the household) is as follows: Around half of all families with children (51.9%) have one child, 35.7% have two and 9.7% three children . In total there are around 38,600 large families (families with four or more children) in Austria, which corresponds to a share of 2.7% of all families with children. Larger families, i.e. couples and single-parent families with three or more children in the household, have proportionally decreased sharply in recent decades: from 16.8% in 1971 to 10.6% (1991) to 7.7% in Year 2011.

The average number of children per family with children is 1.64 in 2011 compared to 1.99 in 1971. The average number of children of married couples (with children) is 1.77, that of cohabitants is on average 1.53. An average of 1.37 children of all ages live in one-parent families (for mothers: 1.39; for fathers: 1.29). Here, too, it is only a question of the children living in the same household, and not necessarily all of the children born by the woman.

The definition of family follows the CES Recommendations. According to the nuclear family concept of the United Nations, married couples or partnerships with or without children or parents with children form a family. Children are all natural, stepchildren and adoptive children living in the same household with their two parents or one parent who live in the household without their own partners and without their own children. This definition is therefore limited exclusively to the people living together in one household (apartment).

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