Single-Person Households Surging

In 1940, single-person households accounted for only 7.8% of households in this country; however, times have changed. According to a new article from The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, households consisting of a single person make up 28% of all households in the United States as of 2013, trailing only married couples without minor children (29%). Furthermore, the majority of these households now consist of women, whereas they traditionally consisted mostly of men. A number of factors are likely contributing to this change, including higher divorce rates, greater financial independence for women, and smaller family size.

Continue reading to learn about who heads single-person households and whether they rent or own their home.

The age of the people heading these households is fairly split, with 28% under 45 years old, 36% between the ages of 45 and 65, and 36% over 65 years old. The older the head of the household, the more likely they are to live alone. In fact, the majority (52%) of households headed by those over 75 years old are single-person. This number is expected to rise in the near future due to the aging baby boomer generation.

There have also been recent changes in the proportion of single-person households that are owned by their occupant. In 1940, 61% of these households were held by renters; in 2013, the majority (54%) of single-person households are now owned by their occupant. Indeed, owners have made up 55% of growth for these households between 2003 and 2013. Unsurprisingly, older people living alone are more likely to own their home than younger people.

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Source: The Rise of the Single-Person Household


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