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41% of Latvian households are of just one person

Data of the Population and Housing Census 2021 collected by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB)1 show that at the beginning of 2021, there were 824,800 private households in Latvia.

Mostly commonly these are one-person households: 41.1 % of the total number of households contain just one person.

Such households are most common in Riga (45 %), and Latgale (42.5 %), but least common in Pierīga, the region immediately around the capital (36.8 %).

Woman account for 58.7 % of all one-person households, on account of their considerably longer life expectacy: females live on average 9–11 years longer than males in Latvia.

1,867,000 persons live in private households, that is 98.6 % of the total population. The average number of inhabitants in a household is 2.26.

25.9 thousand persons or 1.4 % of the total population live permanently outside private households - in institutional households (for example, child and elderly care institutions, prisons, etc.).

Of all Latvian households, in 217,300 or 26.3 % of them there is at least one minor child.

In a quarter or 25.5 % of households, there are two persons living, whereas in every third (29.7 %) - 3-5 persons.

In Latvia, households of six or more persons (including all persons living in one dwelling - both parents with children and several generations) are 3.7 %. The highest number of such households is in Pierīga (5.4 %) and Vidzeme (5.3 %), but the lowest is in Riga (2.2 %).

At the beginning of 2021, there were a total of 358,500 children, of which 1,100 or 0.3 % lived in institutional households.

Of all households with children, 54 % have one child, 32.9 % have two children, and 13.1 % have three or more children.

In all regions of Latvia, the most common number of children in a household is one child. Most often only one child is in Riga (59.1 % of all households with children) and in Latgale (57.3 %), while in Pierīga less than half of all households with children - 48.9 %.

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