Thursday 27 February 2020

Nearly three million people in the Netherlands live alone, says CBS

More people in the Netherlands are living alone and there are now almost three million single person households, according to new figures from Dutch statistics agency CBS

By 2018, 17.4% of the country’s population lived alone, up from 15.7% in 2008 and  continuing a trend which developed in the 1970s.

The elderly are the most likely to live by themselves, though that figure has decreased since 2008. A decade ago, 37% of people over 70 lived alone and that number fell to 34% in 2018.

Unsurprisingly, teenagers are the least likely to live alone. Only 5% of people under the age of 20 do not live with family or roommates.

Students, in particular students living in cities with large student populations, are also driving the growth. Nearly one-third of people in their 20s live by themselves, with Groningen leading the pack at 37%. Maastricht, Delft, and Wageningen are also nearly double the national average.

CBS expects 3.6 million people to live alone by 2035, as more people live longer. has been free for 13 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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