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Proportion of people living alone doubles

  • Published: Thursday, 16 April 2009

The proportion of people living alone has doubled since 1971, a new report from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has shown. The report also found that nearly a third of men aged 20 – 34 still live with their parents, and that a third of households with children live in poor quality housing.

The 237,000 marriages recorded in England and Wales in 2006 was the lowest since 1895

Living alone

The ‘Social Trends’ report from ONS found that the proportion of people living alone in private households in Great Britain has doubled from six per cent of the population in 1971 to 12 per cent in 2008. The largest increase has been among people below state pension age.

The report also found that 25 per cent of people in households in Great Britain in 2008 were couples without children, compared with 19 per cent in 1971.

Living with parents

In the second quarter of 2008, 29 per cent of 20 to 34-year-old men and 18 per cent of women of the same age lived with their parents. This equated to around 1.8 million men and 1.1 million women.

The greatest proportion of this age group living with their parents was aged 20 to 24. In 2008 52 per cent of men aged 20 to 24 and 37 per cent  of women lived with their parents.

Since 2001, the number of 20 to 34-year-olds living at the parental home has increased by nearly 300,000. In 2001, the proportion of young adults living at home stood at 27 per cent of 20 to 34-year-old men and 15 per cent of women in the same age group.

Households with children

The ONS found that 31 per cent of all households with dependent children in England in 2006 were living in ‘non-decent’ homes. These were defined as homes that do not meet sufficient standards of upkeep, facilities, insulation and heating.

For more information on Social Trends, follow the link below.

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