Facts and statistics about loneliness


Loneliness can affect anyone. Experiences of loneliness can vary, but its effects can be profound and wide-ranging. It is considered by many to be one of the largest public health challenges we face.

  • In 2022, 49.63% of adults (25.99 million people) in the UK reported feeling lonely occasionally, sometimes, often or always [1]
  • Approximately 7.1% of people in Great Britain (3.83 million) experience chronic loneliness, meaning they feel lonely ‘often or always’ [2].
  • This has risen from 6% (3.24 million) in 2020, indicating that there has not been a return to pre-pandemic levels of loneliness [2]. Read more about the covid-19 pandemic and loneliness.

The latest facts and statistics about loneliness help us to understand more about the risk factors and the impact it can have on different areas of our lives.

By increasing the evidence base, we can help to inform policy and practice to address loneliness.