Number of Persons Per Household in Tokyo Falls Below 2 for the First Time

Number of Persons Per Household in Tokyo Falls Below 2 for the First Time
Yomiuri Shimbun: 東京の1世帯当たり人数、初めて2人割る
March 15, 2012

As of January 1, 2012, the average number of persons per household in Tokyo was 1.99, the first time in city history the average fell below 2, according to a city survey.

The survey authors predict this rate will continue to fall as the number of elderly people living alone continues to rise.

The first survey was in 1957, and at that time the average was 4.09 people per household. As nuclear family homes (as opposed to extended family homes) and single person households increased, the figure fell below 3 in 1966 (2.97). In 1980, there were about 100,000 elderly people living alone in Tokyo; in 2010 there were 620,000. The city predicts the number will surpass 800,000 within the next 20 years.

According to the Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Telecommunications, the national average number of people per household was 2.36 last year. At that time the lowest regional rate belonged to the capital at 2, and the second lowest belonged to Hokkaido at 2.06.






(2012年3月15日22時16分 読売新聞)

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