More and more we will be living alone


More and more we will be living alone
By 2050, the number of people living alone will have increased by 30% compared to today. This is due to the increase in life expectancy, as well as the decrease in fertility.

Last year, almost 44% of people were living with at least one child under the age of 25. By 2050, this figure will have fallen by 3%, according to research by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO). One reason for this is the increase in life expectancy. Households will mainly consist of widows or elderly couples. As for the decrease in fertility, this is due to the length of training or to a total investment in professional life from an early age.

Differences between cantons
Between 2020 and 2050, the total number of households will increase from 3.8 to 4.7 million. This increase will not be the same in all cantons. An increase of 30% to 35% is expected in the cantons of Zug, Zurich, Aargau, Vaud and Geneva. On the other hand, Ticino expects a decrease of 1%. In the other cantons, the increase will be significantly lower.

Basel-Stadt: a record
In 2019, the percentage of people living alone in the canton of Basel-Stadt was 47%. This is a national record. Neuchâtel follows with 40%. Appenzell Innerrhoden, Fribourg and Uri are the only three cantons below the 32% mark for single-person households.