In 2019, the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) registered 2 449 000 families. Among them, there were
1 747 000 married couples, 403 000 cohabiting couples and 299 000 single
While married unions with children still characterize the most frequent family type, less traditional family formations have been gaining more and more importance in the last decades. Even though the number of married couples remained almost constant (1985: 1 710 000; 2019:1 747 000), the share of married couples with children in the household (out of all married couples) decreased by 16.3 percentage points (1985: 53.8 per cent, 2019: 37.5 per cent). Meanwhile, the number of cohabiting couples with children increased from only 1.3 per cent 1985 to 7.1 per cent of all families in 2019.
Stepfamilies (or reconstituted families) are defined as couples (cohabiting or married) with children, where at least one child stems from a former partnership or marriage. In 2019, there were 85 000 reconstituted families with children below the ages of 25 years. With respect to all couples living with children below 25 in the household, 9.0% were stepfamilies.
According to the nuclear family concept defined by the United Nations, married or cohabiting couples with or without children or single parents with children constitute a family. It is important to note that this concept is restricted to children who live in the same household without an own partner and/or own children, regardless of age. Thus, the total of all families also includes mothers and fathers with adult children. However, own children living outside of the household can’t be taken into account.
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