Bruchsal 08.07.2015

Household types vary widely from nation to nation

GfK studies on the demographic profiles of Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic

Despite their close proximity, Slovenia, Hungary and the Czech Republic have significantly different sociodemographic characteristics. Household size is a case in point.

At 8.7 percent, Slovenia has the highest share of households with five and more persons. Slovenia also has the greatest share of four-person households at 15.7 percent, trailed by Hungary at 12.7 percent and the Czech Republic at 13.4 percent. By contrast, more than one in every three inhabitants in the Czech Republic lives alone.

  Slovenia Hungary Czech Republic
  absolute value
Inhabitants 2,061,085 9,877,365 10,512,419
Households 817,510 4,080,294 4,395,407
Household size share as a %
Single-person households 32.8 32.1 34.0
Two-person households 24.6 29.3 31.5
Three-person households 18.3 19.3 16.0
Four-person households 15.7 12.7 13.4
Five-person and higher households 8.7 6.7 5.1
Avg. no. per household: 2.5 2.4 2.4

GfK’s demographic studies illuminate the distribution of the various family types to be found in the nations in question. For example, the GfK data shows that children are present in more than 41.8 percent of Hungary's households, with no children to be found in 21.9 percent of households. And single-person households comprise 32.1 percent of the country's households.

But shared accommodations with non-family members make up only 3.1 percent of Hungary's households. However, this share is 3.9 percent in Budapest, which is more than 28 percent above the national average. This is likely explained by the large student population in the capital city.

Hungary: Breakdown of household types

    Share as a %
Single-person households 32.1
Multiple-person households:
1 family with children
Multiple-person households:
1 family without Children
Multiple-person households: no family 3.1
Multiple-person households: 2+ families 1.2

The GfK studies also offer insights into the distribution of age groups, such as the regions with the most seniors. At 19.35 and 19.34 percent respectively, Brno and Plzen have the greatest share of seniors in the Czech Republic.

Czech Republic: Top 10 districts for seniors (65+ years)

rank district inhabitants share 65+ years as a %
1 Brno-mesto 377,508 19.3
2 Plzen-mesto 186,077 19.3
3 Pelhrimov 72,224 19.3
4 Hradec Kralove 162,651 19.3
5 Pisek 70,504 192
6 Semily 74,385 18.8
7 Tabor 102,611 18.6
8 Nachod 111,595 18.6
9 Klatovy 87,056 18.6
10 Rokycany 47,799 18.3

source: GfK Demographics Czech Republic 2014

At 13.8 percent, the share of seniors in the district of Praha-vychod (Prague-East) is lowest in the nation, very closely followed by Praha-zapad (Prague-West) at 13.9 percent. Seniors comprise 18.1 percent of the households in the capital district of Hlavni mesto Praha.

Locating and reaching target groups GfK's sociodemographic data makes it possible to answer the many "where" questions faced by marketing and sales divisions. Data users can filter the information to hone in on the locations of their target groups and then tailor their marketing and sales campaigns accordingly. The GfK data can also be linked to a company's customer data to find out what distinguishes customers from non-customers.

The GfK data also allows internationally active companies to meaningfully compare sociodemographic characteristics across their markets and develop country- and region-specific strategies. For example, opticians can more aggressively market and promote varifocal lenses in regions with larger percentages of older customers, who generally have a greater need for this type of product.

About the study
"GfK Demographics" evaluates sociodemographic data on various regional levels. The data delivers insights into regional household types (single-person and multiple-person, with and without children), age ranges and accommodation types. GfK Demographics is used by marketing and sales divisions for locating target groups. The detailed data reveals the best areas in which to conduct marketing and sales campaigns for certain products. GfK's Geomarketing solution area offers this demographic data for various European countries. The data is available at multiple administrative levels, such as districts, municipalities and postcodes, and in the case of Germany, street segments as well.

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