Nearly one in seven people in the UK could be living alone by 2039, according to government figures, which also reveal that those currently living alone are more likely to be renting and feel less financially secure than couples without children.
Analysis from the Office for National Statistics also shows the number of single-person households in the UK is rising sharply.
The number of those living on their own increased by 16% between 1997 and 2017, to 7.7 million, said the ONS, which predicted that 10.7 million people could be living alone in 20 years’ time.
The study also found people living on their own spend an average 92% of their disposable income, compared with two-adult households who spend 83%.
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