It seems more and more people are living on their own as marriage rates continue to decline. That’s according to the Office for National Statistics. 2.5 million people aged between 45 and 65 now have no spouse, partner or children living with them. This amount has grown by 50% since the mid 1990s according to an official analysis with the number of men on their own increasing more than women. According to the article the rise in people living alone has increased the demand for housing. It appears that there is also a trend towards people claiming they live alone to get greater benefits payments and tax credits. Either way it seems there are a lot of lonely people out there.