Households

In 2018, the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) registered 3 950 000 private households. The micro census covers all persons living in dwellings, including temporarily absent persons. Institutional households (e.g. retirement homes, prisons, boarding schools, etc.) are excluded. Based on the population in private households (8 717 000), the average household is inhabited by 2.21 persons.

The distribution of the population in private households clearly shows the trend towards smaller households. Single households constitute 17.0% (1 480 000) of the total population. Altogether, 27.5% of the population in private households live together with one other person, 20.0% live in three-person households. Four-person households account for 20.6% of the total population and 9.8% reside in five-person households. Only 69 000 households are occupied by 6 or more persons. They represent 5.1% of the population in private households (441 000).

The majority of all private households (60.5%) are family households. These are almost exclusively one-family households. Only 60 000 households (1.5%) are home to two or more nuclear families – mostly parent-child relationships.

Very often, the term ‘household’ is associated with a married couple with one or more children. However, this household type is competing with numerous other household formations. Married and cohabiting couples with children make up only little more than one quarter of all households in 2019 (26.6%). In 1985, their share was considerably higher (37.9%).

Still, in comparison with other household formations, couples with children are the most common form of multi-person household types. They are followed by couples without children in the household (25.3%) and lone-parent families (mothers: 6.0%; fathers: 1.0%). However, it is important to consider that in the micro census the term ‘child’ refers to a son or daughter living with at least one parent, without a partner or own children -  regardless of age. Thus, the total includes mothers and fathers living with their adult children.

Single households dominate the ‘non-family households’ (37.5% of all private households). By contrast, non-family multi-person households (e.g. flat shares) play a very minor role (2.1% of all private households).

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Familien- und Haushaltsstatistik 2011
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Familien- und Haushaltsstatistik 2010
Results of the micro census

This publication presents central statistics on private households and families based on results of the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) 2010, a large scale ...

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