Living alone is becoming the norm

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according to Janice Turner in the Times. Figures released by the Office of National Statistics show that a third of British households are single person households. Back in 1971 the figure was just 17%.

P1000474We haven’t reached the level of Manhattan where half the households are single person but it seems we’re getting there.

Turner points out  that in the 1970s it was mainly old people who lived alone. Now, in addition to what she calls late-onset divorces and couples splitting up once the kids have left home, young people are getting married later (although I suspect there might be a dip in these figures reflecting the recession and the fact that many adult children are back at home with parents saving for a deposit for a home).

When I posted on“Living together apart”  two years ago it was about the increasing phenomenon of couples, estimated to…

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3 thoughts on “Living alone is becoming the norm

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  2. […] likely to be satisfied with life than those who are separated, divorced or single.  And people living alone are more likely to suffer poorer health and have shorter life […]

  3. […] is a topic I’ve posted on before (I referred to it as Living Together Apart (LTA) not Living Apart Together (LAT). This reserach […]

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