October 07, 2016 13:11
The number of single households has soared to 7.39 million, accounting for more than one-third of all households. That makes them the biggest group of households ahead of couples and nuclear families for the ninth year running.
The Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs announced household statistics on Thursday showing that 34.8 percent of the total 21.2 million households consist of just one person.
Two-person households account for 21.3 percent, followed by four-person households with 18.7 percent and three-person households with 18.5 percent.
Most singles are in their 50s at around 20 percent, followed by those in their 40s, 30s and 60s. Some 8,918 single householders are still in their teens, and a whopping 12,438 are over 100 years old.
In rural Gangwon Province, single households are the norm at over 40 percent, way higher the national average. The port city of Ulsan has the fewest singles at 29.9 percent. But in Seoul the proportion is also higher than the national average with 37.1 percent.
The gender balance among singles is about even with 51.9 percent for men and the rest women.
Korea's total population was stood at 51.7 million as of the end of last month, up 0.26 percent from the end of 2015. Females outnumbered males for the first time in June last year and now number 25.85 million compared to a male population of 25.82 million.
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