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.

Most valued relationship among U.S. high school students
Relationship with their mother
Most common number of children per family in the UK
Two children
What makes Italian women happiest
Finding time for themselves

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Family financial support in the UK


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Choosing your "second family"
Which qualities do you look for in close friends?
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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.

Friendship between men and women
COVID-19 and friendship
Diversity in friendship


Your first relationships
How important is family in your life?
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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.

Families and futures
Climate change and family
Parenting in China

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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