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Women live alone more often than men

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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Bangalore: According to an article in fortune by sociologist Eric Klinenberg 'More women live alone than men'. Although living alone is considered a psychosocial risk factor, yet it is believed that women can cope better in living alone then men as women are less likely to be disadvantaged by the housing market or to feel socially isolated and men are more likely to experience financial problems and health difficulties.

In Atlantic cities, after hit by recession when incomes failed to keep up with the rising cost of living new trends have come up like 'Doubling Up' i.e. sharing homes to save money and also 'Boomeranging' a.k.a. returning home to live with their parents.

The survey provides a good reminder that single living is still afresh in the minds of the people. Klinenberg mentions that around 28 percent of Americans live in households with just one person. And women excel this percentage than men. Same is the case in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Denver, St. Louis and Seattle.

As per the survey of Statistics Finland, the gender proportional distribution of living alone is somewhat different when examined against age. Changes are most drastic in the life cycle of women, who live alone when they are young and most probably again when they are old. However, the number of men living alone does not decrease with age to as low as that of women living alone. The number of men living alone is partly explained by divorces. It is also found out that men living alone have an independent risk factor for mortality than women.

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