Reported frequency of loneliness in England (UK) in 2017, by marital status

This statistic presents the frequency of loneliness among English adults in 2016/17, by marital status. Respondents who were widows were the most likely to say they often or always felt lonely, while respondents who were married were, unsurprisingly the least likely to feel alone this often.

How often do you feel lonely?

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Release date

April 2018


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

August 2016 to March 2017

Number of respondents


Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* Based on data collected for the Community Life Survey (CLS) between August 2016 and March 2017. The survey asked people living in England: “How often do you feel lonely?” with the following response categories: “often/always”, “sometimes”, “occasionally”, “hardly ever” and “never”. The analysis presented here is based on this question. The survey was selected for analysis because it asked respondents about how often they experience loneliness and about other aspects of their lives – this article is focused on the frequency of loneliness rather than degree of loneliness.

** Of surveys; 7,365 were online, 2,891 were paper

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