Steep rise in numbers living alone

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The number of people living alone has more than doubled over the past 40 years following "dramatic" lifestyle changes, according to a new report.

The increase follows a trend of people living longer, marrying later and divorcing more often, the study by financial firm LV= found.

A survey of over 2,000 adults revealed that the number of single households has more than doubled since 1974.

Many of those living alone said they enjoyed their independence, wanted to focus on their career, or did not feel ready to move in with someone else.

Richard Rowney of LV= said: "People's living arrangements are changing and more people are choosing to hold onto their independence for longer and live alone."

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