The number of one-parent families in the Netherlands has steadily grown in recent years. In the late 1990s, they made up 5.6 percent of all Dutch households, compared to 6.4 percent in 2007. Currently, one-parent families outnumber large (three or more children) two-parent families in the Netherlands. Early 2007, this was the case in over 36 percent of Dutch municipalities, as against less than 23 percent half a decade ago.
Two-parent households with three or more children constitute a minority in cities like Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Almere and Diemen, where approximately 10 percent of private households are one-parent families. Between 3 and 6 percent are large two-parent families.
Two-parent households with three or more children constitute a majority in the municipalities of Urk, Staphorst, Graafstroom and Zwartewaterland.
One-parent households and large two-parent households