Increase of the Number of Single-Person Households in Bulgaria

The latest statistics on household size in the EU show that in 2017 around one-third of households in the EU comprised single adults without children. The proportion varies from under 20% in Malta, 23% in Portugal and Slovakia to 44% in Denmark and 51% in Sweden.

In Bulgaria, they are around 35%.

The largest share of the one-person households has the region of Veliko Tarnovo - 38% and Sofia-city - about 36%. The least one-person households are registered in the Kardzhali district - about 22%. Half of these households in Bulgaria consist of non-working people or pensioners. Households with one retired person are around 46% in the cities and about 72% in the villages.

According to data from the last NSI census, there is a tendency in Bulgaria to increase the number of single-person households. In 2001, they were about 660,000, in 2011 - about 900,000, and today they exceed 1 million out of a total of nearly 3 million households.

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