The lonely year

. .
20 Jul 2021

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic led to an increase in the number of people who felt lonely one day of the week or more between May and August 2020, although the total was down from April. Women, young adults and Victorians had higher rates of loneliness and nearly 10% more of those aged 75 and over felt lonely in August than they did in May.

41 %

Two-fifths of the population felt lonely at least some of the time in August 2020.

9 %

Females felt lonely at a rate 9% higher than males in August.

66 %

Young adults aged between 18-24 had far higher rates (66%) of loneliness than other age groups.

45 %

Nearly half of Victorians (45%) felt some loneliness in August.

Per cent of Australians who Experienced Loneliness in Previous week (May and August 2020)
Have you felt lonely in the past week?
Sources & Methodology
Variable description % who responded 'Yes', by age and sex
Variable time span May 2020 - August 2020
Published by ANU Poll
Publisher Link
Data Source doi:10.26193/ZFGFNE
CSV Data
PNG Image