Study: People today living alone more than ever before

People today living alone more than ever before

(Link): Living Alone on the Rise

    Newswise — BOWLING GREEN, O.—More people than ever are living alone. That’s according to a new family profile from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University. Researchers found the percentage of households with just one person has more the doubled since 1960 from 13 to 27 percent.

    One-person households are currently the second most common type after married-couple households, with the majority of solo dwellers living in large metropolitan areas such as Washington, D.C., Dallas, San Francisco and New York.

    “Living solo is often ignored as an option in our studies of family life,” said Dr. Wendy Manning, co-director of the NCFMR. “There is variability in the experiences of living alone. We expect some folks prefer this living arrangement while others view it as a short-time living situation.”

    Many factors are contributing to this trend, including people choosing to wait longer to get married and have children, longer life expectancies, better financial security in older adults and the increase in divorce rates among middle-aged to older adults.

    “As the baby boomers age we expect to see a continual rise in living solo as older Americans experience widowhood and divorce,” Manning said.

    Researchers found the majority of adults living alone are women, are over age 55, and were previously married.

From a UK paper:
(Link): Why more and more young women are choosing to live alone

(Link): People today living alone more than ever before

    Washington, Dec 7 (ANI): Researchers have found that there are more people than ever before who are living alone.

    According to a new family profile from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University, the percentage of households with just one person has more than doubled since 1960 from 13 percent to 27 percent.

    One-person households are currently the second most common type after married couple households, with the majority living in large metropolitan areas.

    Many factors contribute to this trend, including people waiting longer to get married and have children, longer life expectancies, better financial security in older adults and the increase in divorce rates among middle-aged to older adults.

    Dr. Wendy Manning, co-director of the NCFMR said that as the baby boomers age, they expect to see a continual rise in living solo as older Americans experience widowhood and divorce

    Researchers found the majority of adults living alone are women, who are over age 55 and have been previously married.

    The data was used from the 2011 US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. (ANI)

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