33% of Indian households neither nuclear nor joint

  • Since the 1990s, more than half of India’s households were recorded as nuclear, with joint families making up 16% of all households, leaving about a third of India’s households that are neither `nuclear’ nor `joint’.
  • As per Census 2011, there is a whole range of household types between nuclear & joint.
  • First & biggest being the `supplemented nuclear’ household accounting 16%. `Supplemented nuclear’ households are households where an unmarried relative ­ a younger brother of the husband or wife, or maybe an elderly aunt ­ stays with the family.
  • Another is the `broken extended’ household which is just 4%. `Broken extended’ households are defined as those with a head of the household without a spouse, & some relatives in residence, not more than one of whom is married.
  • This household has another peculiarity with female heading such types of households with an increase by seven times in the past decade indicating an increase in life expectancy of women & another being where people leave their homes to migrate & work elsewhere, leading to a spurt in these in-between types of households that are neither joint nor nuclear.
  • A 35% increase in single-person households is observed over the decade with higher growth rate in urban areas, presumably due to youngsters migrating to cities for education or jobs & setting up home there.
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