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Three in ten people in S. Korea lived alone in 2020: Statistics Korea Updated: 2021-12-08 14:54:26 KST


New data show three in ten people in South Korea last year were living alone.
According to Statistics Korea on Wednesday, the number of one-person households in 2020 rose to over 6.6-4 million, equal to 31.7 percent of all households.
This is up almost 500-thousand from the all-time high set the year before.

Broken down by age, people in their 20s accounted for over 19 percent of them.
Almost 17 percent were in their 30s, and over 15 percent in their 50s.
Seniors aged 60 and above accounted for around one third.
Most of those seniors said they lived alone because of the death of a spouse, while younger people lived alone mainly for reasons related to school and work, or simply because they wanted to.
By region, single-person households were concentrated in the capital area, with 21.2 percent living in Gyeonggi-do Province and 20.9 percent living in Seoul itself.

Among these households, the proportion who are employed fell for a second year in a row.
As of October last year, 59.6 percent of them had jobs,.. roughly equal to 3.7 million people.
This is the first time the figure has dropped below 60 percent since the data was first compiled in 2015.
Employment dropped for those in their 30s and 40s, while there was a 10 percent increase among those 65 and older.

Single-person households also tend to have lower incomes.
In 2019, the average annual income rose to around 18,3-hundred dollars.
But this is still only around 36 percent of South Korea's household average.
Three in ten people in this group had an income of less than 85-hundred dollars.

Living alone, many say they've had diffculty providing themselves with balanced meals, or taking care of themselves when they're sick or in an emergency.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.
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