In 2020, the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) registered 2 460 000 families. Among them, there were
1 751 000 married couples, 420 000 cohabiting couples and 288 000 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; 2020:1 751 000), 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, 2020: 37.5 per cent). Meanwhile, the number of cohabiting couples with children increased from only 1.3 per cent in 1985 to 7.5 per cent of all families in 2020.
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 2020, there were 83 000 reconstituted families with children below the age of 25 years, which corresponds to 8.6% of all couples living with children below the age of 25 years in the household.
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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