Number of households in Sweden 2019, by type

The number of households in Sweden in 2019 amounted to around 4.7 million. Among these, the most common type of household, around 40 percent, was the single-person household without children, which amounted to around 1.9 million. The second most common household type was cohabiting or married couples living without children, in around 1.1 million households.

Different age distribution for men and women in single-person households

The age distribution for single-person households in Sweden in 2019 looked very different for men and for women. The most common age for people living in single-person households among women was from 75 to 84 years, followed by the age group 65 to 74 years. The highest number of single-person households among men was found among 25 to 34-year-olds.

Increasing number of single-person households

The number of single-person households decreased between 2011 and 2012, but then increased annually from 2012 to 2019. Within this time period, the number of single-person households grew from around 1.7 million, up to almost 1.9 million.

Number of households in Sweden in 2019, by type

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

A household is defined as a unit of people (or even a single person) who are registered at the same residence address with Swedish authorities.

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