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Table 2 Generational structure of Chinese households by percentage

From: Household changes in contemporary China: an analysis based on the four recent censuses

Types of family patterns Sum Urban/rural division (2010)
1982 1990 2000 2010 Urban Rural
1-generation households       
 Single-person households 8.00 6.27 8.30 13.66 17.03 11.79
 Only-couple-households (1-generation nuclear) 4.69 6.42 12.70 18.49 21.17 16.63
 Other 1-generation households 1.23 0.80 1.28 1.20 2.04 0.72
 Sum of 1-generation households 13.92 13.52 22.28 33.25 40.24 29.14
2-generation households       
 Parents and unmarried children (standard nuclear) 48.20 54.40 46.33 33.38 35.57 31.11
 Single parent and unmarried children (impaired nuclear) 4.55 3.58 2.92 2.70 2.25 3.16
 Separated parent and unmarried children (impaired nuclear) 6.96 4.02 3.15 3.27 2.71 3.41
 Other 2-generation nuclear households (expanded) 2.49 1.95 1.12 0.47 0.39 0.53
 Sum of 2-generation nuclear households 62.20 63.95 53.52 39.82 40.92 38.21
 Parents and married children (2-generation lineal) 3.82 3.30 2.34 3.13 2.85 3.37
 Grandparents with grandchildren (generation-skipping) 0.70 0.67 1.89 2.26 1.17 3.00
 Other 2-generation households 0.56 0.23 0.97 3.32 2.78 3.84
 Sum of 2-generation households 66.58 67.50 58.72 48.53 47.71 48.43
 Sum of nuclear households (1- and 2-generation) 66.89 70.37 66.22 58.31 62.09 54.84
3-generation or above expanded households       
 3-generation households 16.43 16.48 16.62 16.50 11.26 20.27
 Other expanded households 2.37 1.82 2.38 1.62 0.79 2.16
 Sum of expanded households 18.80 18.30 19.00 18.12 12.05 22.43
 Total 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00 100.00
  1. Source: Sampling data from 1982–2010 censuses