This Indiana city might as well change its name to Lonelyville, based on a recent study.

Everyone feels lonely from time to time. The feeling of being "lonely" is not the same as being alone though. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines "Lonely" as "being without company," "cut off from others," "not frequented by human beings," "sad from being alone," and "producing a feeling of bleakness or desolation." So you could be surrounded by family and friends and still feel lonely. It's human nature to feel that way sometimes. That being said, there are so many people across the country who are living alone. Of course, living alone does not necessarily mean being lonely or not being in a relationship. However, I can imagine it can get pretty lonely from time to time.


24/7 Wall St. listed the loneliest cities in every state. Not every individual in these particular cities is lonely, rather it is a collective reputation. In order to determine the loneliest cities in each state, 24/7 Wall St. used a lot of data.

To find the loneliest city in every state, 24/7 Wall St. used Census Bureau data, ranking 384 metro areas by the share of nonfamily households living alone out of all households. We added the share of people living alone as a percentage of the civilian, noninstitutionalized 16+ population. All data, including monthly gross rent and bachelor’s degree attainment rate, came from the 2022 American Community Survey either one-year or five-year estimates. For some metro areas that span several states, we considered the main state, though the statistics are for the metro.

So, what is the loneliest city in Indiana? Let's find out.

This is the Loneliest City in Indiana

According to 24/7 Wall St., the loneliest city in Indiana is none other than Columbus.

What makes this Indiana city so lonely though? Well at its core, there are a lot of people living alone there. Here's what the data says:

  • One-person households, 2022: 34.5% (11,879 households)
  • Adults living alone out of adult civilian pop: 18.5% (#17 out of 385 metros)
  • 1-person household 65+ years: 11.8%, or 34.1% of one-person households
  • Monthly gross rent: $993 (#230 out of 385 metros)
  • Bachelor’s degree attainment rate: 33.7% (#154 out of 385 metros)
  • Median household income: $65,739 (#212 out of 385 metros)

Again, referring to the definition of the word "lonely," it's not quite the same as being alone, so even though Columbus is the "loneliest city" in Indiana, that doesn't mean that everyone is down in the dumps. It just means that a lot of people live by themselves.

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