More US men living alone
Census data show that men now comprise 34 percent of single-person households.
More men in America are living alone, possibly due to a spike in the divorce rate over the past few decades, according to new data released this week from the US Census Bureau.
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In 1970, men ages 15 to 64 comprised 23.2 percent of one-person households. That figure increased to 34.3 percent in 2012.
However, one-person households among women of the same age remained fairly consistent during that same time period, dropping just slightly from 30.9 percent in 1970 to 30.1 percent in 2012.
In many divorces, mothers retain custody of the children, the Census report notes.
The U.S. divorce rate has declined in recent years but remains well above levels seen in the 1970s, The Wall Street Journal reports. Citing data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Wall Street Journal reports that there were approximately 877,000 divorces and annulments in 2011, down from 944,000 in 2000. The U.S. population increased substantially during that same time frame.
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“Over the last half-century, the trend in the U.S. has been toward smaller households, fewer family and married-couple households with children, and more people living alone,” Census researcher Jonathan Vespa told the Wall Street Journal.
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