Turkish family size continues to shrink: TÜİK


The average household size in Turkey, which was four people per household in 2008, 3.48 in 2016 and 3.35 in 2019, continued to trend downward and fell to 3.30 people per household in 2020, according to the results of the registration of population by address. (ABPRS) announced by the country’s statistical institute, TÜİK.

“The province with the largest average household size was southeast Şırnak with 5.75 people per household in 2020,” TÜİK said in a statement on May 6.

According to ABPRS results, Şırnak was followed by the other southeastern provinces of Şanlıurfa, with 5.25 people per household, and Hakkari, with 5.16 people per household.

The province with the smallest average household size was the northwestern province of Çanakkale, with 2.61 people per household, after the eastern province of Tunceli, with 2.66 people per household, and the central province of Anatolia. Eskişehir, with 2.68 people per household.

“The proportion of one-person and multi-person non-family households has increased,” the statement said.

The rate of a person living alone increased from 13.9% in 2014 to 17.9% in 2020, TÜİK said.

“An increase has been observed in the proportion of non-family multi-person households in which members are not related to each other as couples, parents or children,” he added.

The proportion of these households increased from 2.1% in 2014 to 2.8% in 2020.

In contrast, the proportion of single-family households and extended families decreased in Turkey in 2020.

The rate of single-family households, defined as households comprising a couple without children or a couple with at least one child or a lone parent with at least one child, fell from 67.4% in 2014 to 65.2% in 2020.

In addition, the rate of households covering at least one nuclear family household with non-family members decreased to 14% in 2020 from 16.7% in 2014.

The province with the highest proportion of single-family households was the Mediterranean province of Osmaniye with 72.6% in 2020, followed by two other southeastern provinces of Gaziantep and Adıyaman, at 72% and 71.9% respectively.

The central Anatolian province of Kayseri shared the same rate with Adıyaman, coming in fourth.

The province with the lowest proportion of single-family households was the eastern province of Tunceli at 53.7%, followed by the Black Sea provinces of Gümüşhane and Artvin at 54.8% and 55.6%, respectively.

An interesting result emerged regarding the proportion of single parents with at least one child residing in the total households, which was 9.7% in 2020.

After detailed analysis, it was found that 2.2 percent of total households were lone fathers with at least one resident child while 7.5 percent were lone mothers with at least one resident child.

The province with the highest proportion in this category was the eastern province of Bingöl at 11.7% in 2020, followed by the southern province of Adana and eastern Malatya at 11.5%.

The provinces with the lowest proportion were the two eastern provinces of Bitlis and Ardahan at 7.1 percent, after the Black Sea province of Tokat at 7.2 percent.

The southeastern province of Hakkari tops the list of provinces with the highest proportion of extended family households in 2020 at 24.4%, followed by the two southeastern provinces of Şırnak and Batman, while Eskişehir is at the bottom of the list with just 9%.

TÜİK also listed the marriage rate in various provinces.

The proportion of people aged 16 and over married to their first cousins ​​during their last marriage in the total legal marriages was 8.4%.

The southeastern province of Mardin was the province with the highest number of people married to relatives with 20.6 percent. The province with the lowest rate in this category was Edirne, the northwestern town on the Greek border, at 1.1%.

According to the results, “family” was the main source of people’s happiness. Those who said being in a family made them happier were 69.7%.

The survey showed that 12.3% of one-person households, 20.3% of single-family households, 27.7% of extended family households and 14.1% of multi-person households without family lived below the relative poverty line.

“The proportion of people living in their own homes was 58.8%,” the statement said.

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