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40% of Households in This City Have Just 1 Person

Gainesville leads the ranking of cities by 24/7 Wall St
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2018 1:23 PM CDT

(Newser) – Roommate getting on your nerves? Bustle reports more Americans than ever are living alone, and 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the US metro areas where it's most common. Leading the way is Gainesville, Florida, where four in 10 households have but a single resident. Most of the cities atop the list have a lower-than-average cost of living, making it easier for a single person to pay the bills. The top 10, based on 2017 data from the US Census Bureau:

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  1. Gainesville, Fla.: 40.4%
  2. Grand Forks, ND-Minn.: 39.1%
  3. Santa Fe, NM: 36.5%
  4. Decatur, Ill.: 36.1%
  5. Pittsfield, Mass.: 35.9%
  6. Wilmington, NC: 35.3%
  7. Gadsden, Ala.: 35.2%
  8. Cumberland, Md.-W.Va.: 35.2%
  9. Brunswick, Ga.: 35.2%
  10. Champaign-Urbana, Ill.: 34.8%
Click for the full list. But take note: social isolation comes with health risks. (Read more living alone stories.)

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