The number of people living alone has increased by a fifth over the last 20 years.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning say the number of people living alone has to 8.2 million in 2019, a statistically significant increase.

The majority of this increase is driven by the growth in the numbers of men living alone predominantly aged 45 to 64 years.

This could be because of the following due to a higher proportions of men than women never marry and that men tend to marry at older ages than women and marry women younger than themselves

The ONS said partnership dissolution, leading to men living alone while women may live with any children from the relationship.

Meanwhile the number of households grew by 0.9% since the previous year to 27.8 million in 2019, an increase of 6.8% over the last 10 years.

Married or civil partner couples remain the most common family type in 2019, they represent two-thirds of families in the UK

Northern Ireland (72.6%) has the highest proportion of married or civil partner couples and the lowest proportion of cohabiting couples

There were 2.9 million lone parent families in 2019, which is 14.9% of families in the UK; London has the highest proportion  while the South West of England has the lowest.

Record numbers of young adults in their 20s and 30s are living with their parents with a 46% increase in the number of young people aged 20 to 34 years living with their parents in the last twenty years


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