There was a story in the AJC last week that said that Atlantans are more likely to live alone than people in any other major city in the U.S. About 44 percent of households in Atlanta have only one person and over 42,000 of those single dwellers are women.
I remember reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in college. She wrote that “… a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” These words resonated with me as a broke student with four roommates, and I couldn’t wait to get my own place as soon as I could afford it.
Financially speaking, it makes a lot of sense to get a roommate. Rent is my biggest expense each month and I could save about $300 to $400 a month if I lived with someone else. Saving an extra $4,500 a year sounds great, but I don’t think that I’ll be able to give up living alone anytime soon. Maybe it’s the only child in me, but I really enjoy having my own space and spending time by myself. There’s something about coming home to a quiet place and not dealing with someone else’s quirks (or dishes in the sink) that I really enjoy. A recent survey also found that 62 percent of singles prefer to date someone who lives alone.
I’ve come to realize that my plan for saving will probably never include getting a roommate (unless I get married…I don’t think I can get away with not living with my husband). What do you prefer: living alone or with roommates?