Single Households Increase 8-Fold Over 30 Years

      February 18, 2016 12:24

      The number of single households grew 7.7 times over the last 30 years and will account for 34.3 percent of total households in Korea in 2035.

      That means the proportion of single-person households will roughly equal that of two-person households (35.9 percent).

      The state-run Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs analyzed census data and found that the number of one-person households rose from 661,000 in 1985 to 5.06 million last year and will grow to an estimated 7.63 million in 2035.

      The number of both men and women who live alone increased. Although still small, the number of divorced people who live alone grew markedly, and there were many more elderly widows fending for themselves.

      The institute said a rise in the number of single women of childbearing age reflects an increase in late marriages and rise in divorce and could have an effect on the birthrate.

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