I have been asked many times about the ideal family size. It is funny, but the answers to this question change every couple of years. World statistics show that population growth is slowing down and that the desirable family size at the moment stands at 2.1 kids (2 kids and an arm…). In Iceland, Guatemala and Taiwan, people prefer to have bigger families, with an average of 3 kids per family.
While most people believe the family size depends on women’s preferences, the world statistics find that men and women mostly agree on the size of their family. Only in France, Singapore and Lithuania do women have a slightly greater desire for a larger family than men.
In the USA, the ideal-sized family between 1936 and 1967 had “3 or more children”. In 1973, this dropped from 3.6 down to 2.8 and in 1980, it dropped again to 2.5.
If this trend continues, it looks like we are going to have fewer and fewer children in the world!
What is your ideal family size?
If you had all the money you ever wanted, how many kids would you have?
What is the main factor in choosing the size of the family?
Come back from time to time to check what others think about the ideal family size.
Whatever your family size, enjoy it!