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More Americans are living alone than ever before, according to a report by the U.S. Census Bureau: The proportion of one-person households increased by 10 percentage points between 1970 and 2012, from 17 percent to 27 percent—55 percent of these headed by women. Sixty-two percent of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2012 had never been married, 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.

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