Households; size, composition, position in the household, 1 January

Households; size, composition, position in the household, 1 January

Periods Persons by household position Total of the Netherlands (number) Private households By household size Total private households (number) Private households By household size One-person households (number) Private households By household size Multi-person households Total multi-person households (number) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Total persons living in institutions (number) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Homes for the elderly and nursing homes (number) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Other health care institution (number) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Other type of institution (number)
1995 15,424,122 6,468,682 2,109,149 4,359,533 247,708 . . .
2000 15,863,943 6,801,008 2,272,219 4,528,789 224,003 136,964 74,648 12,391
2005 16,305,526 7,090,965 2,449,378 4,641,587 213,202 126,667 74,645 11,890
2015 16,900,726 7,665,198 2,867,797 4,797,401 244,794 118,593 104,661 21,540
2020 17,407,585 7,997,800 3,079,778 4,918,022 258,863 119,911 114,394 24,558
2021 17,475,415 8,043,443 3,097,117 4,946,326 258,760 117,231 116,142 25,387
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains information about the progress of the households in the Netherlands by size and composition and persons by household position, on 1 January.

Data available from: 1995

Status of the figures:
The figures in this table are final.

With the information available for the reporting years 1995, 1996 and 1997 it is not easy to make an unambiguous assignment of persons in institutional households in three distinct categories of institutions. For this reason the numbers are set as unknown.

Changes as of 9 July 2021:
The figures of 1 January 2021 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The final figures of 1 January 2022 will be added in the 4th quarter of 2022.

Description topics

Persons by household position
Household:
Private or institutional household.

Private household:
One or more persons sharing the same living space, who provide for their own everyday needs in a private, non-commercial way.

Institutional household:
Household consisting of one or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
It includes persons living in nursing homes, homes for the elderly, children's homes, rehabilitation centres and penitentiary who will remain there for at least one year. From 2014, the people are presented in institutional households in three groups, namely:
homes for the elderly and nursing homes, other health care institution and other type of institution.

Household position:
Position someone has in a household in relation to the reference person of that household.

Reference person
Member of the household on whom the household positions of the other household members are based, and whose characteristics may also be characteristic for the household.
The reference person in a household will be chosen as follows:
- the reference person in a heterosexual relationship is always the man;
- in homosexual relationships, the reference person is the elder of the two;
- in a single-parent household the reference person is the parent;
- in 'other households' the reference person is the eldest man, or if there are no men, the eldest woman.
Total of the Netherlands
Private households
One or more persons sharing the same living space, who provide for their own everyday needs in a private, non-commercial way.
By household size
Number of persons in a private household.
Total private households
One-person households
Private household consisting of one person.
Multi-person households
A private household consisting of two or more persons.
Total multi-person households
Persons in institutional households
Institutional household:
Household consisting of one or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
It includes persons living in nursing homes, homes for the elderly, children's homes, rehabilitation centres and penitentiary who will remain there for at least one year. From 2014, the people are presented in institutional households in three groups, namely:
homes for the elderly and nursing homes, other health care institution and other type of institution.
By type of institution
Institutional household:
Household consisting of one or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
It includes persons living in nursing homes, homes for the elderly, children's homes, rehabilitation centres and penitentiary who will remain there for at least one year. From 2014, the people are presented in institutional households in three groups, namely:
homes for the elderly and nursing homes, other health care institution and other type of institution.
Total persons living in institutions
Total of persons living in institutional households.
Homes for the elderly and nursing homes
Homes for permanent residence of old persons, including care such as meals, cleaning, monitoring alarm systems and personal support.
Other health care institution
Other health care institution:
- Psychiatric hospitals: general psychiatric hospitals and institutions for child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, clinical addiction and psychiatric day hospital treatment
- Institute for mentally handicapped.
- Accomodations for people with sensory disabilities, group homes, boarding schools and shelters for adults.
Other type of institution
Other type of institution:
- Educational boarding and training schools for police and armed forces.
- Monasteries.
- Penitentiaries, detention centres and TBS clinics .
- As of January 1st 2014: residents of asylum centers (if they are registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality).