Living arrangements

Time series on living arrangements reveal clear signs of demographic transition processes. In 1971, 5.4% of men and 12.1% of women were living alone in private households. In 2020, already 15.8% of men and 18.5% of women were living alone. In contrast, the share of persons in married unions with children sharply decreased (1971: men 30.4%, women 27.3%; 2020: men 21.4%, women 20.8%). This decrease was partly compensated by an increasing number of non-married, cohabiting couples with children.

Living arrangements change over the course of a lifetime and also differ significantly between the sexes. From the age of 20, the realities of men's and women's lives diverge: While more than two-thirds (68.8%) of sons aged 20 to 24 still live with their parents, only 57.8% of daughters at this age still live in their parents' household. In the 25- to 29-year-old age group, three out of ten women (29.7%) already live with children, compared to only one in seven men (14.3%).

From the age of 30, both men and women live predominantly in families with a partner and children. While this remains the case for men up to the age group of 55-59, (post-parental) partnerships without children in the household are already more common among women of this age. With increasing age, gender-specific differences continue to increase. While a large proportion of men live in partnerships up to the oldest age groups, women often spend their twilight years living alone, especially in the 80+ age group. This is mainly due to the higher life expectancy of women combined with the age difference between spouses. In any case, due to these factors, married women bear a much higher risk of widowhood than married men.

Relative to the total population, only a very small proportion of people live in institutional households (2018: 1.6%). However, the proportion of people in institutional households increases sharply in old age groups, especially among women. In addition to the results of the Population Censuses, results of the Register-Based Census on the population in institutional households, broken down by age, gender and type of institution, have been available since 2011.

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Familien- und Haushaltsstatistik 2012
This publication presents central statistics on private households and families based on results of the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) 2012, a large scale household sample survey. ...

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Familien- und Haushaltsstatistik 2011
This publication presents central statistics on private households and families based on results of the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) 2011, a large scale household sample survey. ...

Release date: 05/2012 ISBN:978-3-902791-32-0

 
 

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Familien- und Haushaltsstatistik 2010
Results of the micro census

This publication presents central statistics on private households and families based on results of the Austrian Labour Force Survey (micro census) 2010, a large scale ...

Release date: 05/2011 ISBN:978-3-902703-85-9

 
 

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