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Friday, July 1, 2011

Single-member homes top 30%

Kyodo

For the first time, single people are now the largest household category in the nation, according to a preliminary tabulation of last October's census.

Single-member households account for 31.2 percent of the total, surging about 10 percent from previous census in 2005 to 15,885,000.

Couple-and-child households, the most dominant category until the previous census, fell slightly to 14,588,000, or 28.7 percent of the total.

The total number of households passed 50 million for the first time since the census began in 1920, as smaller households rose.

The average number of people per household, however, fell to a record low of 2.46.

The government also said people 65 and older added 2.9 points to account for 23.1 percent of the population in 2010, the highest in the world.



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