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 (aantal) Private households By household size Total private households (aantal) Private households By household size One-person households (aantal) Private households By household size Multi-person households Total multi-person households (aantal) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Total persons living in institutions (aantal) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Homes for the elderly and nursing homes (aantal) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Other health care institution (aantal) Persons in institutional households By type of institution Other type of institution (aantal)
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
2010 16,574,989 7,386,144 2,669,516 4,716,628 208,687 119,063 79,218 10,406
2015 16,900,726 7,665,198 2,867,797 4,797,401 244,794 118,593 104,661 21,540
2019 17,282,163 7,924,691 3,037,622 4,887,069 246,661 115,394 110,217 21,050
Source: CBS.
Explanation of symbols

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 13 September 2019:
The figures of 1 January 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
The final figures of 1 January 2020 will be added in the 4th quarter of 2020.

Description topics

Persons by household position
Household:
Private or institutional household.

Private household:
A collection of one or more people sharing the same living space, who provide their own everyday needs in a private, non-commercial way.

Institutional household:

One or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
Included are institutions such as nursing homes, homes for the elderly, mental health institutions, forensic psychiatric institutions, institutions for mentally, physically or sensorily disabled persons, drug rehabilitation centres, shelters for the homeless, boarding schools, monasteries, prisons, military barracks, and asylum reception centres, in which persons (will) live for a longer period of time.

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
Private household:
A collection of one or more people sharing the same living space, who provide 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:

One or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
Included are institutions such as nursing homes, homes for the elderly, mental health institutions, forensic psychiatric institutions, institutions for mentally, physically or sensorily disabled persons, drug rehabilitation centres, shelters for the homeless, boarding schools, monasteries, prisons, military barracks, and asylum reception centres, in which persons (will) live for a longer period of time.
By type of institution
Institutional household:

One or more persons living in one accommodation whose housing and daily needs are provided professionally.
Included are institutions such as nursing homes, homes for the elderly, mental health institutions, forensic psychiatric institutions, institutions for mentally, physically or sensorily disabled persons, drug rehabilitation centres, shelters for the homeless, boarding schools, monasteries, prisons, military barracks, and asylum reception centres, in which persons (will) live for a longer period of time.
Total persons living in institutions
Total of persons living in institutional households.
Homes for the elderly and nursing homes
Homes for the elderly and nursing homes:
With the information available for the reporting years 1995, 1996 and 1997 it is not easy to unambiguously assign persons in institutional households to the three distinct categories of institutions. For this reason, the numbers are set as unknown.

Homes for the elderly:
Homes for permanent residence of old persons, where besides serving meals, cleaning, and possibly monitoring alarm systems, personal support is a substantial part of the included care.

Nursing homes:
Institution for long-term nursing.
Other health care institution
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.

Other health care institution
- institutions for mental welfare, such as psychiatric (wards of) hospitals, institutions for child and adolescent psychiatry, drug rehabilitation centres, institutions for forensic psychiatry
- institutions for mentally, physically or sensory disabled persons
- shelters for adults such as the homeless
Other type of institution
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.

Other type of institution
- prisons;
- educational boarding and training schools for police and armed forces;
- military barracks;
- monasteries and nunneries;
- As of 1 January 2014: asylum seekers’ centres (only residents who are registered in the population register of a Dutch municipality).