Families in China becoming smaller

Families in China becoming smaller

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The size of a family home in China is decreasing every day. A report on family development on May 14, 2014 said that while the number of people in a Chinese home is getting smaller, single-person households are increasing. It has been reported that the average number of family members in a house decreased to 3.02 in 2012, compared to 5.3 during the 1950’s, due to low birth rates in the country.

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The report was published by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, which said that late marriage, as well as population migration are reasons behind the decrease in the number of family members. Moreover, the number were 3.96 in 1990 and 3.10 in 2010. The family planning policy of China was introduced in the late 70’s, in order to have control over the rising population in the country.

The policy limited the majority of urban couples to one child, while most rural couples were allowed to have two children, if the first born was a girl. With this in mind, China has witnessed a rise in the number of smaller-sized family homes. The number of single-person households in the country doubled from 2000 to 2010 and the figure of two-person families increased nearly 40 percent.

An increasing number of well-educated people in China have been deciding to marry at a later stage due to their careers.

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