Unmarried and Single Americans Week

It’s Unmarried and Single Americans Week!

There’s an official week (Sept. 17-23) to celebrate – whether you call it single, divorced, widowed or not married yet, you’re among the fastest growing demographic in the world.

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The Buckeye Singles Council started “National Singles Week” in Ohio in the 1980s to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The week is now widely observed during the third full week of September (Sept. 17-23 in 2017) as “Unmarried and Single Americans Week,” an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word “single” because they are parents, have partners or are widowed. In this edition of Facts for Features, unmarried people include those who were never married, widowed or divorced, unless otherwise noted.

Single Life

110.6 million
The number of unmarried people in America age 18 and older in 2016. This group made up 45.2 percent of all U.S. residents age 18 and older.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table A1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

53.2 percent
The percentage of unmarried U.S. residents age 18 and older who were women in 2016; 46.8 percent were men.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table A1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

63.5 percent
The percentage of unmarried U.S. residents age 18 and older in 2016 who had never been married. Another 23.1 percent were divorced and 13.4 percent were widowed.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table A1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

19.5 million
The number of unmarried U.S. residents age 65 and older in 2016. These seniors made up 17.7 percent of all unmarried people age 18 and older.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table A1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

88
The number of unmarried men age 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2016.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table A1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

59.8 million
The number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2016. These households comprised 47.6 percent of households nationwide.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table H1
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

35.4 million
The number of people who lived alone in 2016. They comprised 28.1 percent of all households, up from 17.1 percent in 1970.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 1960 to Present, Table HH-4
www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/families/households.html

Parenting

35.7 percent
The percentage of women ages 15 to 50 with a birth in the last 12 months, as of 2015, who were widowed, divorced or never married.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B13002
https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_1YR _B13002&prodType=table

37.5 percent
The percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner couples in 2016 that lived with at least one biological child of either partner.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2016, Table UC3
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/families/cps-2016.html

790,103
The number of unmarried grandparents who were responsible for most of the basic care of a co-resident grandchild in 2015; 30.7 percent of co-resident grandparents responsible for their grandchildren were unmarried.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey, Table B10057
https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_1YR_B10057&prodType=table

Unmarried Couples

7.3 million
The number of unmarried-partner households in 2015. Of this number, 433,539 were same-sex households.
Source: 2015 American Community Survey Table, B11009
https://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_15_1YR_B11009&prodType=table

Voters
39.6%
The percentage of voters in the 2016 presidential election who were unmarried.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2016, Table 9
www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/demo/voting-and-registration/p20-580.html

Education
87.5%
The percentage of unmarried people age 25 and older in 2016 who had completed high school or more education.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2016, Table 2
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/education-attainment/cps-detailed-tables.html

27.6 percent
The percentage of unmarried people age 25 and older in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree or more education.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2016, Table 2
www.census.gov/data/tables/2016/demo/education-attainment/cps-detailed-tables.html

 

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  1. They should only be counting people who are truly single, as never married, divorced, and widowed. People/ couples who are living together are a couple, they are not single, they are just afraid or scared to get married. They just reap the benefits of each other, it’s usually the woman who pays the price of such arrangements when they break up.

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