What is the average number of children per family?
Nowadays, women are more frequently having their first child at an older age. This has a large influence on the number of children people have per family. The average number of children for a British family is now 1.7.
Has the average number of children per family increased or decreased over the past few years?
The average number of children per family is a lot lower than it used to be. Families in the 19th century often had 6 children. In 1996 the average number of children per family in the UK was still above 2. Nowadays more and more parents are deciding to have only one child. The 4 main reasons for the decrease in children per family are:
■Women are having their first child at an older age
■More women choose for a career
■Children don’t have to take care of their elderly parents, so a big family is no longer necessary
■Increasing costs of childcare
Which European country has on average the most children per family?
At the moment, the European country with the most children per family is France. They have 2.02 children per family on average.
Which European country has the least children on average per family?
The countries in Europe where families have the least amount of children are Spain and Germany, with an average of 1.3 children per family.