This fits what the Federal Statistical Office reported on the International Family Day these days. After 2011, only lived almost half (49 percent) of the population in Germany in families. 15 years earlier it was 57 percent. Particularly strong is the decline in East Germany. Lived there in 1996 to 58 per cent of households mothers and / or fathers with children together, there are now only 42 percent. Is similarly low proportion of the family in the big cities. About 60 percent of the residents of Berlin or Hamburg live alone without children or parents.
First, people are living longer. If the children have left home, parents often spend another 30, 40 years alone, with your partner / her partner or end in a nursing home, but not necessarily beyond her family. Only they do not live up with their children. Who live for themselves, maybe someday own children visiting their grandparents, and of which they are cared for sometimes or regularly. So the family continues to exist, just not as in earlier times more under one roof.
This trend is especially true in East Germany. Many villages and small towns there depopulated. Especially the boys pull away. 1996, a few years after unification, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania had the highest proportion of family still at 63 percent. Meanwhile, he has fallen by a third to 42 percent. Similarly, in Brandenburg, Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt. The people opt not necessarily against the family, they only find in many cases not working or training course near.