People > Average size of households: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Average households size (number of people living in the house) - late 1990s.


1 Ireland 3.1 1990
2 Japan 2.8 1990
3 Italy 2.7 1990
4 Canada 2.6 1990
5 United States 2.6 1990
6 Australia 2.6 1990
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 2.54 1990
7 Finland 2.5 1990
8 France 2.5 1990
9 Austria 2.5 1990
10 Belgium 2.4 1990
11 United Kingdom 2.4 1990
12 Switzerland 2.3 1990
13 Netherlands 2.3 1990
14 Germany 2.2 1990
15 Denmark 2.2 1990
16 Norway 2.2 1990
17 Sweden 2.1 1990


"Countries Compared by People > Average size of households. International Statistics at NationMaster.com", Economic Commission for Europe Statistical Division, Trends in Europe and North America 2001 (UN Economic Commission for Europe, NY, 2001), p. 74. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/People/Average-size-of-households

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If we are to show the latest statistics regarding the average size of households by country, I believe that we should change the definition from "late 1990s" to either "mid or late 2000s" because obviously, a lot has already changed over the years since the 1990s. I have found a latest information of statistics on this site: http://www.unece.org/stats/trends2005/family.htm. This may not be complete yet but it clearly shows more countries for comparison of a household's average. size. I also noticed that some countries are not included on the said list such as the Philippines, which has an average number of five members, down from its previous family size of six. This may be seen through this link: http://www.senate.gov.ph/publications/AG%202006-05%20-%20FIES.pdf.

In addition, The Department of Statistics in Singapore said that the country is made up of an average 3.5 households in 2010, down from 3.7 persons in 2000. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/singaporelocalnews/view/1110840/1/.html

With these, I'd say we can still update our statistics by showing more of the countries in comparison and adjust the limit by the recent year wherein we can show the latest numbers.

Posted on 04 May 2011



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