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More than half of Austinites feel lonely or disconnected, according to this survey

Katey Psencik
The Austin skyline as seen looking east over the MoPac highway Wednesday morning as fog and mist rise over Lady Bird Lake April 20, 2016. RALPH BARRERA/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

There are more than 2 million people in the Austin metropolitan area, and that number is growing every day. But despite being surrounded by people and being ranked the best place to live in America, more than half of Austinites report that they feel lonely and disconnected.

According to a survey conducted by insurance company Cigna, around 60 percent of Austin residents feel lonely, compared to roughly 54 percent of the national population. That lonely feeling is even more pervasive among Austinites between the ages of 18 and 34.

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Additionally, 60 percent of Austinites say they feel that nobody knows them well, and nearly a third say they feel there are no people who understand them. Half of Austinites feel isolated from others, and almost half (47 percent) feel their relationships with others aren’t meaningful. 

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