The pattern and structure of one-person households in England and Wales and France

Int J Popul Geogr. 1997 Jun;3(2):161-81. doi: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1220(199706)3:2<161::AID-IJPG64>3.0.CO;2-2.


"This paper examines the increase of one-person households during the 1980s in England and Wales and France set within the broader context of household change in Europe as a whole....One-person households vary geographically by age, with younger one-person households found especially in larger urban areas; older one-person households have a more varied distribution, although rural and traditional retirement areas have particular concentrations. Increases in numbers are a result of both compositional changes in the population (increasing numbers of divorced and never-marrieds as well as increasing numbers of elderly) and also an increasing propensity to live alone, especially among younger age groups."

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors*
  • Behavior
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • England
  • Europe
  • Family Characteristics*
  • France
  • Geography*
  • Life Style*
  • Marital Status*
  • Marriage
  • Population
  • Population Characteristics
  • Research
  • United Kingdom
  • Wales