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All the single ladies: rejoice! Young women living alone are more likely to earn more money, have professional jobs and be more educated than those who live with others, a new study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has discovered.
About a quarter of all Australian households are single-person homes. About 26 per cent of women living alone were under the age of 50 (compared to 45 per cent of men).
Women living alone were more likely to be successful than both their male counterparts and fellow women living with others. When it comes to education, 45 per cent of women living alone had completed tertiary education (compared to 26 per cent of men). Women living alone were more likely to have a successful career, too: 38 per cent of single-household women had a professional job (10 per cent more than women who lived with others and 14 per cent more than men who lived alone).
When it comes to salary, women who live alone represent a sizeable portion of the moneymakers. A fifth of young women living alone fell into the top tier income bracket, compared to just 7 per cent of young women who live with others.
The co-author of the study, Dr Lixia Qu of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, said that this research has shattered any preconceived notions or social stigma around women living alone.
“In many respects these young women who live alone are well to-do and have choices,” Qu said in a statement. “Their success provides them with more options which means they do not need to partner, or their work and career provide more attractions than partnering and having a family.”