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United Kingdom: people living alone in 2019, by age and gender

This statistic shows the amount of people that are living alone in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018, by age and gender. For men, the ages of 45 to 64 were the most common with 1.4 million men reported to be living alone, compared with roughly 1.2 million women of that age group. The highest number of women living alone was found among those aged 75 and older with approximately 1.6 million, possibly due to longer life expectancy. In contrast, only 780 thousand men aged 75 and older were reported to be living on their own. This statistic reflects the findings in reference to lone household occupants in 2015, with the age groups 45-64 and 75 and older also being the most common for men and women respectively to be living alone. Overall the share of single-person households in the UK had been declining between 2006 and 2014, rising in 2014, making up 12.3 percent of all households. This contrasts the development in the share of European Union (EU) population living in a single-person household during the same time period, whereby the share of single-person households had increased by 0.7 percent.

Number of people living alone in the United Kingdom (UK) 2019, by age and gender (in 1,000)*

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November 2019


United Kingdom

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