United States: Percent of Population Living Alone

Health improvements and financial gains among older adults, as well as a delay in marriage among younger people, have fueled an increase in the population living alone. In 2013-2017, about 13 percent of adults ages 18 and older were living alone. But the nationwide percentage masks extensive state and local variation: While at least 15 percent of adults were living alone in about 1,100 of the 3,142 U.S. counties, the share was less than 10 percent in about 240 others.

February 25, 2019
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