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Release: Family size, 2012

Released: 25 March 2013


Emily Knipe

Demographic Analysis Unit

Telephone: +44 (0)1329 447890

Categories: Population, Families, Families, Children and Young People, Families with Children, Family Composition

Frequency of release: Ad-hoc

Language: English

Geographical coverage: UK

Geographical breakdown: Local Authority and County

Survey name(s): Labour Force Survey

  • There were 7.7 million families with dependent children in the UK in 2012, 1 in 7 of which had three or more dependent children.

  • Married couples had a higher average number of dependent children in their family than other family types, at 1.8 children per family compared with 1.7 on average.

  • The UK has a higher percentage of households with three or more children than three-quarters of European Union countries.

  • Nearly 9 in 10 couple families with three or more dependent children had either one or both parents working.

In this release

This report analyses families in the UK by the number of dependent children they have, with focus on those with three or more dependent children, examining trends over time, where such families live and their economic activity.

These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

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