Children of families

Children by age and family type in 2016
AgeTotalChildren from couples (%)Children from single-parent families (%)
0 - 2 2 147,5 88,4 11,6
3 - 5 2 288,4 83,9 16,1
6 - 17 9 273,0 77,4 22,6
18-24 2 716,8 70,8 29,2
25 - 39 1 029,0 65,2 34,8
40 and more 467,9 32,1 67,9
Total17 922,776,723,3
0 - 17 13 709,0 80,2 19,8
0 - 24 16 425,8 78,6 21,4






Metropolitan France Source : Insee - Population Census Definition of child of family ( In the census of the population) : is counted as child of a family any person living within the same household (in the census’s meaning) that its parents which whom the person constitutes a family or the person constitutes a family with, whatever its age, if it is unmarried and does not have spouse or alive child living in the household (with which it would constitute a family as an adult then). The family’s child can be the two parents’ child, the one of one parent or the other, an adoptive child, or a child in supervision of one or the other relative. No age limit is fixed to be child of a family. A grandson or a granddaughter is not considered as "child of a family". When all the children left the parental household, the couple is considered as a no child couple.

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Update: March 2020