October 07, 2021 10:13
More than four out of 10 households now consist of singles and one in five 20-somethings lives alone.
According to the Ministry of the Interior and Safety on Wednesday, 23.38 million households had been registered in the country as of the end of September, and 9.37 million or 40.1 percent were singles.
This is the first time the proportion has surpassed 40 percent. Next came two-person households (23.8 percent), households of more than four people (19 percent), and three-person households (17.1 percent).
The number of one-person households increased by 1.92 million in just five years. The biggest increase was among people in their 20s, from 910,000 in late 2016 to 1.47 million by September this year.
Vice Interior Minister Ko Kyu-chang said, "We need to design policies to suit the lifestyle of singles, which affects a wide spectrum of society, the economy and culture."
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