Demographics and Disability Status of Adults Living Alone in Rural Areas


Living alone is increasingly common across the U.S. It is also associated with poorer health outcomes and greater risks of loneliness and social isolation. However, less is known about how the demographic and health characteristics of adults living alone varies by rural/urban location.

This brief addresses this gap by examining how the types of people who live alone differ between urban and rural areas, focusing on differences in age and disability status.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Jonathan Schroeder, Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana Tuttle