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Why are so few young people living by themselves? It is more complicated than you think

There is more at play than unaffordable rents

By Daniel Bentley  

Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/PA Images

More and more people are living alone. After a 16 per cent rise to 7.7m single-person households over the past two decades, their number is projected to rise another 38 per cent to 10.7m by 2039. Expect to hear a lot more about this trend—and the challenges it presents—in the years ahead.

But in fact the most remarkable thing is not that these figures are high—it is that they’re not significantly higher. Most of the increase since the late 1990s can be accounted for…

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