Household Size in East Asia

What’s the average household size around East Asia?

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Map of the average household size in East Asia.

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On this map we can see the average household size in each East Asian region. It’s the lowest in northern/north-eastern China and in Japan, with an average of 1.75 to 2.5 people per household. Yichun in north-eastern China even has the lowest average household size in all of East-Asia (1.88). In most of South Korea, the average is around 2.25-2.50. In Taiwan it varies mostly between 2.50 and 3.00.

In China’s more populated eastern regions, the average household size varies from 2.25 to 3.00. In southern China it seems to be a bit higher. In Jiangxi, Guangdong and Guangxi, the average household size is mostly between 2.75 and 3.50.

Mongolia and some areas in western China, especially Tibet, have the highest average household size in East Asia. In Mongolia it’s over 3.00 in every area. Bayan-Ulgii has the highest average household size in all of East Asia (4.30).

There are a lot of demographic and cultural factors that influence the average household size of an area. Higher average household sizes can be the result of multiple generations living in one house, families with a lot of kids and young people moving out only once they get married. Lower average household sizes could be the result of young people living on their own (before getting married), elderly people being able to live independently longer and families having a smaller number of kids or no kids.

Curious about the average household size in other parts of the world? Have a look at this map of the average household size in Europe and this one of the United States.

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