Family & Friends

Our relationships with our families and friends are some of the strongest, most important relationships we have in our lives. Humans tend to go to their families and friends for support, love, and acceptance, and friend groups can become a "second family," especially for those without strong bonds to their family. For these relationships, survey data proves to be enlightening on how people view them and their importance in our lives.

Average number of people per family in the U.S.
3 people
Most common answer to what makes a good friendship in Germany
Being there for friends when they need you
Member of the family that Indians think should be primarily responsible for earning money
Both spouses


Choosing your "second family"

Do you have people in your circle of friends who...?

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Many consider their friends to be their "second family," and may even have more frequent contact with their friends than their families. Friend groups provide social interactions and a listening ear when in need, and can be a supportive environment. Friendships also provide differing perspectives and opportunities for personal growth, as well as diversity that one may not be exposed to with a familial group.

Friendships in Italy
Opinions on friendship
Friendship in the workplace


Your first relationships

Average number of people per family in the United States from 1960 to 2022

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The first relationships many people find themselves exposed to are those within the family unit. Families help to provide context for the world around us, can influence our outlooks and ways of thinking, and provide insight into societal structure. Many consider families to be the building blocks of society, and great importance is placed on supporting familial structures.

Family and financials support in the UK
Families in France
Multifamily homes in the U.S.

State of the industry

  • Multifamily homes in the United States
  • Single-family homes in the United States
  • Families in France
  • Families in the UK
  • Single Parents in the U.S.

Industry Definition

Statista's coverage of Family & Friends looks at a broad range of topics. From most popular names, to opinions on family size, and parenting methods, we provide a nuanced look at all aspects of these relationships. Additionally, Family & Friends covers aspects of parenting, some holiday traditions, and generational differences.


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