Volume 32 - Article 45 | Pages 1239–1266

One-person households in India

By Premchand Dommaraju

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Date received:04 Aug 2014
Date published:03 Jun 2015
Word count:4930
Keywords:households, India, one-person households
Weblink:You will find all publications in this Special Collection “Living Alone: One-person households in Asia” at http://www.demographic-research.org/special/15/


Objective: The objectives of this article are: 1) to estimate the prevalence of one-person households in India; 2) to examine the demographic, social and economic characteristics of these households, and 3) to analyse the determinants of one-person households.

Methods: Data from the Indian censuses are used to gauge the prevalence of one-person households. In addition, data from the third round of District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3), a large and nationally representative data, are used to examine the characteristics of one-person households and to estimate the odds of staying in such households.

Results: The prevalence of one-person households in India is low compared to that in other parts of Asia. While the prevalence of OPH is low, the number of such households is large, and expected to grow in the next few decades. The results presented reveal important social, economic and demographic differences between one-person and multi-person households. Elderly females and young migrants who live alone are potential vulnerable groups. The results are situated within the socio-cultural and demographic contexts of India.

Author's Affiliation

Premchand Dommaraju - Nanyang Technological University, Singapore [Email]

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