Figure 1.6 Family size and distribution of families with children, 2000, 2010 and 2015
CHAPTER 1 POPULATION DEMOGRAPHICS
Source: National Bureau of Statistics, UNICEF China, UNFPA China, ‘Population Status of Children in China in 2015: Facts and Figures’, 2017
The size of families in China is shrinking, from 3.4 persons per family in 2000 to 3.1 persons per family in 2015. Moreover, the number of families with children is declining, and the number of children in a given family is also changing. In 2015, among the 410 million families in China, 45 per cent had children aged 0–17. Families with only one child accounted for 65.6 per cent of all families with children, while families with two children accounted for 28.4 per cent, and those with three or more children accounted for the remaining 6.0 per cent.