Number of households in Singapore 2010-2019, by size

In 2019, 2-person households made up the majority in Singapore, with about 334.4 thousand such households. As with the rest of the world, household sizes in Singapore were becoming smaller, while household numbers were increasing. This would inevitably put a strain on Singapore’s limited resources.

The average Singapore household

As of 2019, the average Singapore household was made up of 3.16 persons, with an average monthly income of approximately 4.1 thousand Singapore dollars per household member. The large majority of these households lived in Housing Development Board (HDB) apartments, the majority of which were owned by the head(s) of household.

More households, more resources

Between 2010 to 2019, the number of households in Singapore increased by more than two hundred thousand. The increase in household numbers was a result of a decrease in household sizes - less people were sharing the same dwelling. This in turn leads to inefficient use of resources such as housing and electricity. From 2010, the number of HDB apartment units being built increased year on year, compared to the period from 2000 to 2010. Household energy consumption in Singapore had been increasing since 2011 and is likely to continue increasing in the future. With limited land and resources, Singapore might face a problem to accommodate its rising number of small households.

Number of households in Singapore from 2010 to 2019, by size

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Release date

January 2020

Region

Singapore

Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures have been rounded.

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