Living alone to become more common
Among the key results in a new publication Household and Family Projections, Australia, 1996-2021 (ABS Catalogue No. 3236.0), are that
- by 2021 the number of Australians living alone is projected to increase to between 1 in 7 and 1 in 9. In 1996 the figure was 1 in 12.
- 20% to 24% of people living alone in 2021 are projected to be aged 75 years and over and of these about three-quarters will be women.
- the number of children living with one parent is projected to be between 1.1 million and 1.9 million by 2021. Almost one-third (31%) of 0-4 year olds could be living with one parent by 2021.
- of all family types, couple families without children are projected to increase most rapidly over the period 1996-2021, reflecting the ageing of the baby boomers as they become 'empty nesters'.