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Families with dependent children by number of dependent children
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UK, 1996 and 2012
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thousands
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Number of families by number of dependent children19962012Number of families by number of dependent children19962012
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One child3,0993,663One child3,0993,663
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Two children3,0252,983
Two children
3,0252,983
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Three children949829
Three children
1,2701,094
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Four children238199
Four children
238199
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Five children6150
Five children
6150
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Six children1511
Six children
1511
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Seven children53
Seven children
53
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Eight or more children22
Eight or more children
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Total7,3937,7391,5911,359
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Percentage of families by number of dependent children
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UK, 1996 and 2012
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Percentage of families by number of dependent children19962012
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One child4247
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Two children4139
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Three or more children1714
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Total100100
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Source: Labour Force Survey (LFS), Office for National Statistics
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Produced by Demographic Analysis Unit, Office for National Statistics
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families@ons.gov.uk
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1. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
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2. A family is a married, civil partnered or cohabiting couple with or without children, or a lone parent with at least one child.
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3. Dependent children are those living with their parent(s) and either (a) aged under 16, or (b) aged 16 to 18 in full-time education, excluding children aged 16 to 18 who have a spouse, partner or child living in the household.
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4. The LFS is a household survey of people in the UK. It includes those resident at private addresses, but does not cover most communal establishments.
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To view this licence, go to: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/
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or write to the Information Policy Team, The National Archives, Kew, London TW9 4DU
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Email: psi@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk.
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