Sharp rise in number of people living alone

Reasons include more singles and a wish for privacy, but it may not always be by choice

Though he has children, Dr K.P. Sivam has been living alone after his wife died because he values his privacy. In 2000, there were 75,400 one-person resident households comprising 8.2 per cent of all resident households. That figure rose to 116,400,
Though he has children, Dr K.P. Sivam has been living alone after his wife died because he values his privacy. In 2000, there were 75,400 one-person resident households comprising 8.2 per cent of all resident households. That figure rose to 116,400, or 10.8 per cent, in 2007. This increased further to 167,900 last year, or 13 per cent of all resident householdsST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

Family life may hold a special place in Singapore but increasing numbers of people are living alone, either by choice or circumstance.

There has been a stark rise over the past two decades or so in what are called one-person resident households. These are households headed by a citizen or permanent resident.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2018, with the headline 'Sharp rise in number of people living alone'. Subscribe