Since 2000, the percentage of married adults has been steadily declining. Due to the postponement and/or cancellation of first or subsequent marriages in recent decades, the percentage of unmarried adults has increased, according to Flanders statistics.
The increase in the number of divorces since 1970 has led to a limited increase in the proportion of adults who are divorced or divorced. In addition, higher life expectancy resulted in a slight decrease in the percentage of widows and widows.
The largest number of divorcees was in their fifties. But the elderly also belong to the group of divorced people. This is the result of divorce at a later age and/or choosing not to remarry.
At the beginning of 2022, the Flemish region distinguished itself from other regions with a higher proportion of married people and a lower proportion of single adults. In the Walloon region, the percentage of divorced people is slightly higher than in other regions. The Brussels region has a lower proportion of widows and widows. This is partly due to the different age structure of the population of the regions.
At the beginning of 2022, there were 2.89 million “private” families in the Flemish region. They are distinguished from “collective” families, such as religious denominations, homes for the elderly, orphanages, homes for students and workers, hospitals, and prisons. On average, a private household consists of 2.29 members.
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