Number of couples with children in Italy 2012-2018, by number of children

The number of couples with children in Italy has decreased over the last years. In 2012, there were roughly 9.2 million couples with children, most of which had only one kid. Six years later, the number amounted to around 8.8 million pairs, with only 0.9 million having three or more kids. In 2017, couples with children made up about 32.6 percent of the Italian population.

More and more single parents in Italy

Whereas the number of couples with kids is decreasing, when it comes to single parents a countertendency can be observed. The number of mothers and fathers raising their offspring alone increased over the years, regardless of the number of the children.

Single parents in other European countries

An increase in the number of parents raising their children alone can also be observed in other European countries, like in the Netherlands, where the number of single mothers and fathers has steadily grown over the last years. On the other hand, Germany registered a drop in the total number of single parents with underaged children, with figures for single fathers growing to 190 thousand in 2017.

Number of couples with children in Italy from 2012 to 2018, by number of children*

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Source

Release date

November 2019

Region

Italy

Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Biennial average calculated on the data of the current year and the one preceding it. Since February 24th 2016, indicators related to the years 2011-2014 have been recalculated in order to take into account the updated population with the census 2011.

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