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Families with children

Around 6 in 10 families include children

Around 6 in 10 (or 671,091) families included children in 2013, a similar proportion as in 2006. A child in a family can be of any age.

Most families with children included one or two children. Of those families with children:

  • 43.5 percent included one child – up from 41.6 percent in 2006
  • 36.7 percent included two children – unchanged from 2006
  • 13.7 percent included three children – down from 14.8 percent in 2006
  • 6.1 percent included four or more children – down from 6.9 percent in 2006.

Most families with children included at least one dependent child

A dependent child is in a family, aged under 18 years, and not employed full-time.

In 2013, 78.4 percent of families with children included at least one dependent child (526,269 families). This was down from 80.4 percent in 2006.

Families with children were most likely to include one or two dependent children. Of families with children:

  • 32.7 percent had one dependent child – which was similar to 2006 (32.5 percent)
  • 29.8 percent had two dependent children – down slightly from 2006 (30.5 percent)
  • 21.1 percent (141,474 families) had no dependent children (ie had adult children only) – up from 2006 (19.1 percent).
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