This is how Austrians live: Every third person aged 65 and over lives alone

This is how Austrians live: Every third person aged 65 and over lives alone

The number of single-family households has almost doubled since the mid-1980s. More and more people are living alone, especially in old age.

10:58 a.m., March 19, 2021

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Every third person aged 65 and over lives alone in Austria. In 2020 there were 3,988,000 private households, including 2,346,000 single-family and 56,000 multi-family households, reported the Statistics Austria. A total of 1,506,000 people lived alone. “The trend towards single-person households continues. The number has almost doubled since the mid-1980s,” said Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas. Overall, more than every sixth person lives in private households alone.

Furthermore, based on the microcensus labor force survey 80,000 Non-family multi-person households such as Shared flats recorded. In relation to the total population lived in private households 79.4 percent of the population in the nuclear family association, 17.2 percent alone and 3.4 percent in other forms of living together.

The number of private households increased from 1985 to 2020 42.4 percent from 2,801,000 to 3,988,000, but the population in private households only increased by 17.2 percent (1985: 7,481,000; 2020: 8,766,000). The larger number of households is essentially due to an almost doubling of the number of single-person households (plus 96 percent). Of the Proportion of people living alone increased over the same period of 10.3 to 17.2 percent, and while in 1985 a household still had an average of 2.67 people, in 2020 it was only 2.20.

Four out of five live with a nuclear family

Across all age groups, just under four out of five people (6,963,000, 79.4 percent) lived with a partner, as a parent or child in the core family, and 94.7 percent among those up to 24 years of age Most of them (90.9 percent) were still children with one or both parents and only 3.8 percent in a family they had founded themselves. The period of coexistence as parents with children was mainly concentrated in the age groups from 35 to 54 years. As people get older, more and more people live alone: A third (542,000 or 33.1 percent) of people aged 65 and over lived without other people in the household at the time of the survey – often due to the separation or death of their partner.

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