On 1 January 2016, there were over 7.7 million households in the Netherlands, i.e. an increase of 56 thousand households compared to 2015y. The household population in and around the four major Dutch cities grew by 23 thousand, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) says. The number of households grew in all provinces, also in regions where the overall population is declining. This is explained by an increasing number of single-person households.