The Korea National Statistical Office announced on December 19 that the ratios of unmarried persons and divorced persons to the entire South Korean population rose 0.7 and 1.1 percentage points between 2010 and last year, respectively. On the contrary, the ratio of those with a spouse fell 1.8 percentage points during the same period in the sample survey covering 20% of the entire households.
Single people aged 15 and older accounted for 31.3% of the population and the number of them increased by 1.06 million to 13.376 million. In the group of singles, the ratio of those aged between 25 and 49 showed a significant increase and those in their 30s showed the highest rate of increase, 7.1 percentage points to be specific. The ratio of the unmarried amounted to 24.3% when it comes to males with a college degree and 23.4% in the case of women with a graduate degree.
The number of the divorced increased by 570,000 to 2.18 million with those aged between 50 and 54 taking the largest portion. During the five-year period, the ratio of those divorced at the age of 55 to 64 increased by 3.1 percentage points.
Under the circumstances, the number of single-person households rose from 4.27 million to 5.2 million between 2010 and 2015. Such households of unmarried persons increased 443,000 to show the largest amount of increase and those of divorced persons increased 289,000 to show the highest rate of increase, 51.9%.