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Families and Households in Singapore, 2000 - 2014

The family is the basic building block of our society. Today, family ties and values remain strong in Singapore. More than 90% of Singaporeans are satisfied with their family life. The same proportion agrees that they have a close-knit family.Nonetheless, household structures change as family members go through different stages in life. For example, married couples may move out of their parents’ homes into their own home, forming a new household.

The number and characteristics of household members would determine the availability of resources within the household. On a broader level, household structures change alongside societal changes such as the ageing of a population, and changes in views and decisions about marriage and parenthood. Trends in household structures have important implications on the demand for social and economic support services, with more complex households possibly requiring more support.

This report will provide an overview of the different household structures in Singapore. It is done with assistance from the Singapore Department of Statistics. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) would also like to thank academic consultants Associate Professor Paulin Straughan from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Dr Mathew Mathews from the Institute of Policy Studies, NUS for their contribution to this report.

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Last Reviewed On Tue, Dec 20, 2016

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