Families with children in households Germany 2018, by number of children

In 2018, 5,903 households in Germany had one child. There were 4,150 households which had two children. Based on this statistic, it is somewhat rare, in comparison, to see German households with three or more children. Among millennials, the majority had no children younger than 14 years old in their homes and only 0.1 percent had four children under that age.

Aging population in Germany

Germany’s population is aging, a fact regularly confirmed by statistical research and covered extensively in the media. When looking at age structure in the country, the 65+ age group is slowly but steadily growing year after year. At the same time, there are positive trends to be hopeful about, such as the increasing number of births in recent years.

Rising number of single households

Other EU countries had higher crude birth rates than Germany, with Ireland, Sweden and the UK in the lead. Ultimately, the development of the number of households with children is connected to various reasons. One-person or single households are on the rise in Germany, in particular among the urban population. If viewed from the perspective of whether it’s a question of having children or not, household expansion in that sense might be delayed or postponed due to financial or health-related considerations, as well as concerns about childcare options and child benefits. Depending on future developments in corresponding government legislation, there may be changes in the statistical figures displayed here.

Number of families with children in households (no age limit) by number of children in Germany in 2018

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Release date

July 2019



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Supplementary notes

Figures were based on the population census.

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