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High divorce rate 'behind trend of middle-aged people living alone'

High divorce rate 'behind trend of middle-aged people living alone'

Rising numbers of divorce proceedings represents one of the primary reasons behind a trend that has seen the number of people in middle age living on their own grow significantly over the last ten years, an expert has said.

According to official data published by the Office for National Statistics, this figure has climbed by almost a third - 31 per cent - in the previous decade, as there were 1.78 million adults between the ages of 45 and 64 living alone in 2001 compared to 2.33 million now, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Emma Soames - editor at large of Saga Magazine, which is run by editor Katy Bravery - has noted that the high proportion of separations taking place in the country is one of the main factors causing this figure to continue going up.

"Divorce has got a lot to do with this. We know that divorce rates in this age category is higher than any other," she observed.

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Posted by Richard Saunders