Number of Americans Living Alone Increases

Number of Americans Living Alone Skyrockets

( – As a 1960s ballad noted, “the times, they are a-changing.” The economic and societal changes in the last few decades have resulted in some interesting shifts in American culture and lifestyle. For example, the United States Census Bureau recently noted a significant bump in the number of Americans living alone.

On November 29, the bureau released a report detailing its latest tables containing data on American families and their current living arrangements. According to the figures, the number of Americans living alone increased slightly from 2011 to 2021.

In 2011, about 33 million adults, or about 14%, said they lived alone. In 2021, that figure rose to 37 million adults living in a one-person dwelling, increasing 1%.

However, the proportion of people living alone significantly increased in 2021 over the reported figures in 1960. In 2021, about 28% of all households had only one person living in them. But, 61 years ago, only 13% of households had one occupant.

A decrease in the number of marriages appears to account for part of the increase in single-person households. For example, the number of people over 15 who had never been married increased from 23% in 1950 to 34% in 2021. The Hill also notes that the rising number of senior citizens is helping contribute to the increase.

What do you think about the census report? Is the increasing number of people living alone a good or a bad sign?

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