Millions of Elderly People Live Alone

  • By Kim Jung-hoon

    August 03, 2021 09:44

    One in five Koreans over 65 live alone, the latest census shows. According to the 2020 census, 21.2 percent of over-65s or 1.66 million live alone, up a whopping 36 percent from 2015.

    The number of people over 80 who live alone surged 50 percent over the same period to 470,000.

    Among young people in their 20s and 30s, single householders also increased 29 percent to 2.38 million over the five-year period.

    Elderly people shelter from the heat at Incheon International Airport on July 23 amid the closure of community welfare centers due to COVID-19.

    The elderly are particularly prone to living alone in rural areas. South Jeolla Province has the biggest proportion of single householders over 65 with 13.6 percent, followed by North Gyeongsang Province (11.7 percent), North Jeolla Province (11.5 percent) and Gangwon Province (10.6 percent).

    In Seoul, the proportion is only 6.5 percent.

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