Number of child(ren) in the family

Number of child(ren) 0-17 in the family (in thousands)
  1990199920072012
1 child 3 266 3 305 3 434 3 480
2 children 2 729 2 750 2 898 2 978
3 children 1 049 994 978 987
4 children or more 385 314 277 278
Together 7 430 7 362 7 587 7 723

Metropolitan France
Definition Family (population census) : A family is that part of a household comprising at least two people and composed of - a couple (two persons of different sexes, married or not) either without children or with a child or children who belong to the same household;- an adult and his/her child(ren) who belong to the same household (single-parent family). In order for someone to be counted as a child of a family, that person must be single and have no spouse/life partner or children belonging to the same household (see definition of the Child of a family)
Source: INSEE, Population censuses

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