Living arrangements

Time series on living arrangements reveal clear signs of demographic transition processes. In 1971, 5.4% of men and 12.1% of all women in private households were living in single-person-households. This proportion increased significantly for both men and women: In 2019 15.7% of men and 18.2% of women were living alone. In contrast, the share of individuals in married unions with children sharply decreased (1971: men 30.4%, women 27.3%; 2019: men 21.4%, women 20.8%). To some extent, this trend is compensated by an increasing number of non-married, cohabiting couples with children.

Over the life-course, individuals choose different types of living arrangements. Distinct age-specific patterns can be identified for men and women. Up until the age of 15, almost all individuals live in their parental home or with a single parent. This is also the case for the majority of the population in the ages from 15 to 19 years. However, for persons of 20 years and over, the percentages for men and women drift apart. While 57.9% of young women between the ages of 20 and 24 live in the parental home, 67.7% of men still live with a parent.

From the age of 30 years onwards, the majority of men and women live in families with a partner and children. For men this phase lasts up until the ages from 55 to 59, whereas women in this age group already more frequently live in (post-parental) partnerships without children in the household. With increasing age, gender-specific differences continue to increase. While most men live in partnerships up until the oldest age groups, the picture for older women is quite different. They often spend their old age living alone, particularly in the ages above 80 years.

Only a very low population share is living in institutional households. The percentage increases with age; predominantly older women are living in institutional households. Data of residents in institutional households were collected in the Population Censuses up until 2001 and in the Register-Based Population Census in 2011.

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