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.

Original/原稿:
東京の1世帯当たり人数、初めて2人割る

 東京都の1世帯当たりの平均人数が初めて2人を割り、1・99人(1月1日現在)になったことが15日、都の調査でわかった。

 高齢者の一人暮らしが増えているためで、都は「減少傾向は続く」と予測している。

 都が調査を始めた1957年は1世帯当たり4・09人だったが、核家族や単身世帯が増え、66年には2・97人と3人を切った。一人暮らしの高齢者は1980年の約10万人から、2010年には62万人に。都は、20年には80万人を超えると推測している。

 総務省の調査では、昨年の全国平均は2・36人。最低は都の2人で、2番目に低いのは北海道の2・06人だった。

(2012年3月15日22時16分 読売新聞)

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