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3 out of 10 households in S. Korea are single-person dwellings Updated: 2020-12-09 10:08:18 KST

Ryu Jong-won moved to Seoul from Daegu several years ago and has been living alone at a studio apartment where it is easy to commute to and from work.

"I usually eat two meals a day. I skip breakfast, I eat lunch at work and I either have dinner at work or a quick meal when I get home."

Statistics Korea's data released on Tuesday showed that out of a total of 20.three million households in South Korea in 2019, roughly six.one-five million were one-person households which is more than 30 percent.
When broken down by age group, 18 percent of all people living alone were in their 20s and 17 percent were in their 30s.
About one-third of all one-person households were made up of people aged 60 and older.

"The reason why those in their 20s or 30s take up a large part is because of their studies and careers. And due to the country's aging society, people aged 60 and older make up a large portion."

She added that because women have longer life expectancies than men, around 45 percent of women living alone were aged 60 and over, compared to just 22 percent of men.
The average annual income of a one person household was around 19,5-hundred dollars in 2018, which is about 36 percent of the average household income in South Korea.
The data also said roughly 61 percent of one-person households were employed as of October last year and 38 percent of one-person households were living in monthly rented housing.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.
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