Releasing its ACORN classification of residential neighbourhoods system this week, market analyst CACI said that the results reflect "startling trends" among UK residents over the past ten years.
Built from the 2001 census and using the 1991 census as a benchmark, ACORN reveals that there are now 20 per cent more single-person households, accounting for 37 per cent of all UK households.
The analysis also shows record levels of "empty nesters" - parents living on their own after their children have left home. It also reveals that student numbers have doubled.
ACORN can be viewed via www.caci.co.uk/acorn.