Nuclear families dominate homes

PUBLISHED : Monday, 23 June, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 23 June, 1997, 12:00am

Four generations living under one roof is a rare sight in China with a study revealing that more than 60 per cent of households are nuclear families.

The report by the State Statistical Bureau said there were 322 million families in China in 1995, an increase of 16.3 per cent over 1990.

The average family size shrank by 0.26 heads per household.

Two-generation families comprised 64.84 per cent of the total, while 15.7 per cent of households comprised members of the same generation. Fewer than 13 per cent of homes housed grandparents and grandchildren together.

The report also confirmed that households with great-grandparents had become virtually extinct, representing less than one per cent of the population.

In cities, family size stood at an average of 3.37 heads per household. More than 60 per cent of the families comprised four members or less.

Families were larger in rural areas with an average of 3.84 heads per household.

The report also said the mainland had at least 90.5 million families with at least one member over the age of 60. The figure represented a 22.48 per cent increase from the early 90s.