October 01, 2018 12:20
Three out of 10 households now consist of just one person, according to Statistics Korea on Friday. As of last year there were 5.62 million single households, a fresh high of 28.6 percent of the total.
As more Koreans get married later on in their lives and life spans increase, a growing number live alone. Single households are mushrooming, rising 2.5 fold since the government began tallying such data in 2000.
At this rate, they are expected to account for one-third of total households in 2030 and 35.7 percent in 2040.
Many Koreans do not get married at all. In 2015, the proportion of singles aged 45 to 54 reached 36.3 percent of one-person households, more than twice the number seen in 2000. Singles between 35 to 44 made up 48.3 percent in 2000 but a whopping 74.4 percent in 2015.
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