Changing lifestyles

General Lifestyle Survey: ONS

  • Since 1971 household size declined from 2.91 persons to 2.35 in 2011
  • The proportion of adults living alone has almost doubled in the last 40 years, between 1973 and 2011 (9% and 16%), with the increase occurring in the first 30 years (1973 to 1998). Adults aged 25-44 were five times more likely to be living alone in 2011 (10%) than they were in 1973 (2%).
  • Over the last 30 years, since 1979, the proportion of women aged 18-49 who were married has fallen by a third (74% in 1979 to 47% in 2011), while the proportion cohabiting has tripled (11% in 1979 to 34% in 2011).
  • Although cigarette smoking has halved over the last 37 years (from 45% in 1974 to 20% in 2011) the number of cigarettes smoked by men and women has changed little since the early 1980s.
  • The proportion of men and women drinking on 5 or more days a week fell from 23% of men in 1998 to 16% in 2011 and from 13% to 9% of women. Men and women aged 45 and over are more likely to drink on 5 or more days a week than younger people.
  • Forty years ago only half of all households had access to a car or van (52% in 1942), in 2011 this had increased to three-quarters (76%). Over this period households with access to a single car or van has remained similar (44% in 2011), but the proportion of households with access to multiple cars has trebled (9% in 1972 and 32% in 2011).
  • Access to a home computer has risen continuously between 1984 and 2011, from 9% of households to 80%.

Household Survey

Integrated Household Survey April 2011 to March 2012: ONS

  • 1.5 per cent of adults in the UK identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual
  • 2.7 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual compared with 0.4 per cent of 65 year olds and over
  • Across the UK, 78 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women reported that they perceived themselves to be ‘in good health’
  • Of the constituent countries of the UK, for the third successive year Wales has reported the lowest rate of perceived good health
  • In the UK, those aged 18 to 24 and who currently smoke are over twice as likely to have reported to be ‘not in good health’ compared with those that have never smoked