Edition 2021

Foto omschrijving: An Afro-Caribbean boy clutching his mother

Where do Caribbean Dutch children live?

On Bonaire, 55 percent of young people live with both parents and just over one-quarter live with one parent. Nearly 40 percent of young people on St Eustatius live with both parents and over 40 percent with one parent. Half of the young residents on Saba live with both parents and more than one-quarter live with one parent. As of 1 January 2021, the number of residents aged 0 to 24 years in the Caribbean Netherlands stood at slightly over 7 thousand, i.e. nearly 27 percent of the total population.

OverigWith both parentsWith one parentElsewhere8%0-3 yrs4-11 yrs12-17 yrsBonaireSabaSt Eustatius64%28%21%40%16%61%23%40%7%59%34%18%44%39%12%29%8%52%40%11%44%45%9%61%30%60%Where do Caribbean Dutch children live?

Just over half of the Caribbean Dutch young population were living with both parents at the beginning of 2021. The share of children living with one parent was 29 percent. Between 2012 and 2021, the share that lives with one or both parents increased from 72 to 82 percent. A small share (6 percent) lived independently, either with a partner and/or child or otherwise. The rest of the young people in the Caribbean Netherlands lived in a household as other household members. This means, for example, that they live with their partner (and children, if any) in the parental home, have moved in with a brother or sister who lives independently or live with an uncle or aunt. Between 2012 and 2021, this share declined from 17 to 12 percent.

Population aged 0-24 yrs by household composition, 1 January (%)
eiland jaar Child living with two parents Child living with single parent Single person Partner in a couple Single parent Member of other household
Bonaire 2012, Bonaire 51.4 23.0 4.2 3.8 0.9 16.7
Bonaire 2021, Bonaire 55.1 26.9 3.3 2.2 0.7 11.8
St Eustatius 2012, St Eustatius 43.2 28.7 3.9 2.1 0.8 21.4
St Eustatius 2021, St Eustatius 39.0 41.2 2.5 1.5 1.3 14.5
Saba 2012, Saba 40.5 14.7 22.9 7.0 0.5 14.4
Saba 2021, Saba 52.9 31.4 5.3 3.4 0.6 6.4


At the start of 2021, 55 percent of the young people on Bonaire were living with both their parents. In addition, slightly more than one-quarter were living with one parent. Both shares have increased by several percentage points since 2012. In 2021, 12 percent were living in a household as other household members. This share has fallen by 5 percentage points since 2012.

St Eustatius

At the start of 2021, 39 percent of Statia’s young population were living with both parents and 41 percent with one parent. The share of young people living with one parent has increased since 2012 by 12.5 percentage points. More than one in seven young people are other household members. This share has fallen by 7 percentage points since 2012.


At the beginning of 2021, more than half of Saba’s youngest residents were living in two-parent families and nearly one-third in a family with one parent. Both shares have increased significantly since the beginning of 2012: by over 12 and nearly 13 percentage points, respectively. The share of young people living as single persons stood at 5 percent. This is a decrease of nearly 18 percentage points relative to 2012. Likewise, the share of young people living as other household members has declined substantially. Previously, this was related to clean-ups of the population registry. In 2020, there was also a sharp drop in the number of students moving to Saba to attend the Saba University School of Medicine; hence, there were fewer young single persons.

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