Continuous Household Survey. 2017

In Catalonia, there were 2,980,600 households in 2017, according to the results of the Continuous Household Survey. The average number of persons per household was 2.5. By numbers of members, 25.6% were unipersonal households, 31.6% were two-person households, 20.4% were three-person households and 22.4% contained four or more people.

The most common type of household was that of a single nucleus (2,070,000 households), which represented 69.4% of the total. Of the above, 1,035,200 households were couples with children, 711,100 were couples without children and 323,800 were single-parent nucleus (this is, one mother or father with one or more children). Households with at least two nucleus (49,900 households) represented a small number (1.7%) while non-family households (860,600 households) accounted for 28.9% and the vast majority were one-person households (763,600).

As for the total number of households with a nucleus (2,119,900 households), the highest proportion corresponded to one-child households (34.2%), followed by two-child households (26.0%) and, finally, those with three or more children (6%). 33.8% of the households with a nucleus had no children at home.

The two-parent family was the usual living pattern for most children (76.2%), while the single-parent household was the usual pattern for 20.1% of children; finally, 3.7% of children lived in a household with two or more nucleus.

Households exclusively made up of people aged 65 and above totalled 594,000 and accounted for one in five households in Catalonia (19.9% of the total). The types of households made up of the above people were basically one-person households (53.6%) and nuclear households made up of married couples or couples without children (43.9%).

As for the 2,980,600 family homes in Catalonia 71.1% were owned, and of these, 879,300 had outstanding payments (the 29.5%). Rental housing accounted for 24.8% and the remaining 4.1% corresponded to other types of property regime.

The Continuous Household Survey is a statistical operation that has been carried out by the INE since 2013. It provides information on an annual basis about basic demographic characteristics of the population, households and housing. Idescat provides the results of the two-year sample accumulated by Catalonia and its provinces, on the 1 January.

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Statistical Yearbook of Catalonia

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