The Office of National Statistics has released figures that give a snapshot of family life in the UK. The statistics showed that in 2012:
- There were 7.7 million families with dependent children in the UK, 1 in 7 of which had three or more dependent children.
- Married couples had a higher average number of dependent children in their family than other family types, at 1.8 children per family compared with 1.7 on average.
- The UK has a higher percentage of households with three or more children than three-quarters of European Union countries.
- Nearly 9 in 10 couple families with three or more dependent children had either one or both parents working.