To keep you up-to-date, demographically-speaking, with all the latest family facts from the UK Office for National Statistics.
1: Families are increasing.
In 2021 there were 19 million families, a 6.5% increase since 2011.
2: Households are increasing too.
And at almost the same rate as families.
In 2021 there were 28 million households in the UK, a 6.3% increase since 2011.
3: Partnerships are also on the up.
Legal or civil partnerships can be registered by two non-related individuals who are unmarried and not already part of a legally-registered partnership. These partnerships are available to both same-sex and opposite-sex couples.
Families formed by a couple in a legally registered partnership (a concept that combines both civil partnerships and marriages) increased by 3.7% between 2011 and 2021. There are currently 12.7 million such families.
4: And so is Cohabitation.
The number of cohabiting couple families (i.e. those living together “as husband and wife” but without a legal relationship) increased by 23% between 2011 and 2021. There are currently 3.6 million cohabiting couples in the UK.
5: The number of lone households is increasing.
Up by 8.3% in the past ten years.
6: And they are geographically diverse…
While the proportion of one-person households was 25.8% in London, in Scotland it was 36%.
7: Lone parent families are one of the few types neither increasing or decreasing.
There are around 3 million lone parent families in the UK, formed mainly as a result of one of the 4D’s (in no particular order: Death, Divorce, Desertion – one partner leaves the relationship, amicably or otherwise – and Disentanglement – one or both partners decide to part company). They represent 15.4% of all families, a figure that has remained broadly constant over the past 10 years.
8: And lone parent families are also geographically diverse.
Their proportions range from 13% are located in South East of England to 18% in the North East of England.
9: Non-dependent children living with their parents have increased.
3.6 million people or 28% of those in the 20 -34 age group, now live with their parents.
This has increased by 25% since 2011.