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Point2Point notes 83 Out of 200 Large Cities See Rise in One-Person Households.

In the past decade, the share of single-person households went up significantly in America’s largest cities. Whether they rent or own, residents from established urban areas are increasingly living on their own. According to the 2019 National Association of Realtors, Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, although the largest share of homebuyers is still represented by married couples – at 63% – single women are the next-highest significant cohort at a staggering 18%, followed by single males (9%).

Adding to the trend of the big city driving out one key demographic and encouraging single living, the number of unrelated people living together has gone up, as well. Defined as a multi-person household where at least one member is not related by blood, marriage, adoption or partnership to the other members, the rise in unrelated households and unrelated people sharing a home suggests that city-dwellers are moving in together in order to afford to live in their city of choice.

The high, and increasing demand for housing in some of the busiest, densest American cities sends both home prices and rents into the stratosphere, pushing out many of the residents who can no longer keep up; this leads to a more scattered workforce and to cities losing their sense of community and continuity.

Key Points

  • Compared to 2008, the share of single-person households in 2018 went up in 83 of the 200 largest U.S. cities.
  • 15 large cities have a share of single-person households greater than 40%, and 98 cities reached a share between 30% and 40%.
  • The share of unrelated people living in the same home went up 14% on a national level and has more than doubled in cities like Mesquite, TX; Miramar, FL; Sunnyvale, CA; Midland, TX; Columbus, GA; and McAllen, TX.
  • In 2019, 63% of homebuyers were married couples, but single females continued to represent the second-largest homebuying group with a share of 18%, while 9% were single men.
  • Further proof that settling down and buying property in the city is prohibitive for most: renter-occupied, single-person households represent the majority, with one-person rentals comprising more than 50% of households in New Orleans, LA; St. Louis, MO; Pittsburg, PA; Cleveland, OH; Atlanta, GA; Cincinnati, OH; Mobile, AL; and Washington, D.C.
  • The share of owner-occupied single-person households surpasses rented households in four markets: Salinas, CA, Alexandria, VA, Garden Grove, CA and Augusta, GA.
  • Condos and shrinking dwellings are both a solution to the urban housing crunch and a way to perpetuate and bolster the single lifestyle; 25 of the 200 cities included in the study are predominantly condo markets, consisting of more than 50% condos in 2018. An additional 81 are comprised of at least 30% condos.

No Inflation? Really?

Here's the key line from the above report: The rise in unrelated households and unrelated people sharing a home suggests that city-dwellers are moving in together in order to afford to live in their city of choice.

Thus, while single-households are high and rising so are unrelated persons living together, because they have to.

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Let's compare single-households to crime rates to investigate overlaps.

Top 10 Most Dangerous

Please consider NeighborhoodScout’s Most Dangerous Cities – 2020

  1. Detroit, MI: Chance of being a victim 1 in 50
  2. Memphis, TN: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51
  3. Birmingham, AL: Chance of being a victim 1 in 52
  4. Baltimore, MD: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 54
  5. Flint, MI: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55
  6. St. Louis, MO: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55
  7. Danville, IL: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55
  8. Saginaw, MI: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 60
  9. Wilmington, DE: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 61
  10. Camden, NJ: Chance of being a victim: 1 in 62

Scout lists the top 100. The above list shows the top 10.

Dangerous Cities vs Single Family Households

The featured chart shows 10 of the 15 top single person households are also high in the top 100 crime list.

Broken homes and crime are related but there are other reasons for single person households. And Unrelated persons living together are also on the rise for affordability reasons.

For more on crime rates and murder rates including my home town of Danville, Illinois, please see How George Soros Corrupted Philadelphia's Justice System.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock