Almere is a young city. Not only in terms of age , but also in terms of its inhabitants. Roughly one-third of the population is under the age of 25. A mere 9% is 65 years or older. In comparison to the rest of the Netherlands where about one-fourth of the population is under the age of 25 and nearly 16% of the people are over the age of 65.

About one-third of the 78,000 households in Almere are families with children. The average number of children per family is 1.69, compared to 1.80 in the rest of the Netherlands. The average household size is 2.42, compared to 2.20 in the rest of the country.

Almere has a growing number of single person households. The percentage is expected to increase from 31% now to 35% in 2020, while the percentage of families with live-in children is expected to decrease from 34% to 23% in 2020. This is due to a rise in divorce rates, single parent families and elderly women outliving men. Over the next decade Almere will also attract a growing number of students.

Type of householdAbsolute number Percentage
family with children26,74234%
one-parent family9,02912%
family without children18,07823%
single household23,85831%


In 2010 11,977 residents moved to another house within city limits. A little over 9,000 people moved to Almere from another city or country and 8,126 people left Almere. The average number of years that residents spend in one house is 8.7. Residents of Almere’s oldest urban district, Almere Haven, are most loyal to their homes. They spend an average of 11.6 years in the same house.

Roughly a quarter of the people that moved to Almere in 2010 were former residents of the Amsterdam region. A little under 20% of the city’s new residents moved to Almere from another country.

RegionMoving to Almere Moving from Almere
Amsterdam region2,31525.7%1,82222.4%
Utrecht 5626.2%5516.8%
province of Flevoland6657.3%7569.3%
province of north-holland7518.4%6207.6%
province of south-holland 6216.9%6898.5%
Netherlands miscellaneous2,00522.2%1,76021.7%