According to the US Census, 7.7% of US residents lived alone in 1940 as compared to 26.7% in 2010. One person households increased with each Census since 1940 with the greatest jump occurring in the 1970s. In 1970, 17.6% of Census respondents indicated that they lived alone. By 1980, 22.7% were living alone, an increase of 5.1%.
More facts about living alone:
- According to the 2010 US Census, North Dakota has the most single occupancy households with 29.3% of its population living alone. Utah has the lowest percentage of solo residents at 17.8%.
- More women (14.8%) reported living alone than men (11.9%) in the US in 2010.
- Some studies show an increased incidence of depression in both men and women who live alone as compared to living with others.