Kerala, Tamil Nadu Have Highest Number Of Single Women Living Independently In India: Report
According to the Sample Registration Survey Report, 2018, the highest number of single women living independently across India are in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In fact, there are twice as many single women in Kerala and Tamil Nadu who live alone, as compared to those across India. The report mentioned that around 9.3 percent of women in Kerala and 9.2 percent of women in Tamil Nadu are single- widows, divorcees, or those living separately after marriage.
Married citizens constitute around 46.3 percent of the total population whereas widowed/divorced/separated constitute the remaining 3.5 percent.
In India, 5.5 percent of women live alone. The report, whose findings were quoted in an article by The Times Of India, adding that the combined national average of the percentage of men and women who aren’t dependent on either of these sexes is 3.5 percent, whereas single men living alone constitute 1.5 percent or nearly one crore of the total male population in India.
50.3 Percent Population Of India Reported As Never Married
The report also noted that around 50.3 percent population of India has been reported to have never married. “Married citizens constitute around 46.3 percent of the total population whereas widowed/divorced/separated constitute the remaining 3.5 percent. The proportion of widowed/divorced/separated women is higher than that of men in all states and Union Territories,” the report added.
There are twice as many single women in Kerala and Tamil Nadu who live alone, as compared to the women living alone across India
Other Findings Of The Report
The report also noted that for three consecutive years, female literacy rate has improved in India. The average literacy of women in the age group of 15-45 years has increased to 87 percent in 2018 from 84.8 percent in 2016. Moreover, in the year 2018, 12.5 percent of women were found to have completed school education, up from 12 percent in 2017. Overall, Kerala fared the best in female literacy, with 99.5 percent female literacy rate, breaking its own record of 99.3 percent in 2017.
The average literacy rate was also connected with the fertility rates in women. The overall fertility rate of females among the illiterate was three percent, among those who are literate but without any formal education, the fertility rate was 2.5 percent, among those who studied up to middle school it is 2.5, 1.8 percent in those who have finished their schools, and 1.7 percent among the graduates.