by Greg Toppo, USA TODAY
More Americans are living alone than at any time in the past century, new U.S. Census Bureau findings show. More than one in four households now have just a single person. One-person households last year accounted for 27.5% of the total across the USA. In 1970, they accounted for just 17% and 5.1% in 1900.
The new statistics show that the sheer number of Americans living alone has more than tripled since 1970. Looking back over the past 50 years, the figure is more than four times as high as in 1962.
The new findings, out Tuesday, also show that for the first time since 1970, married couples with children now make up fewer than one in five households. Four decades ago, traditional families were 40.3% of households.
The report does not include the estimated 8 million Americans living in group quarters such as college dorms, prisons or other institutions. It uses data from the 2012 Current Population Survey and 2011 American Community Survey to provide a look at households nationwide. Other findings:
• Between 2005 and 2011, the number of households that had both children and at least one unemployed parent rose by 33%.
• In the same period, home ownership among households with children declined by 15%.
• The six states with the steepest drops in home ownership among this group were Michigan, Arizona, California, Ohio, New Hampshire and Florida.
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