Publication Date: April 27th, 2021
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Topic(s): Aging, Disabilities, Health Disparities and Health Equity, Public Health, Rural Statistics and Demographics, Social Determinants of Health
Author(s): Schroeder J, Henning-Smith C, Tuttle M
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. We address this gap by examining how the types of people who live alone differ between urban (metro) and rural (non-metro) areas, focusing on differences in age and disability status.