This week is “Unmarried and Single Americans Week,” something that can now be celebrated by more Americans than ever.
There are 105 million unmarried people ages 18 and older in the U.S., according to 2013 data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That accounts for 44 percent of the adult population in the country. (If you include those ages 16 and older, as economist Edward Yardeni did in a report, that number increases to 50.2 percent, which makes sense since American 16- and 17-year-olds usually aren’t married).
Here’s the breakdown of America’s single population:
Percentage of single Americans who are…
Single people are more likely to be female — there are 87 single men for every 100 single women in the country — and young — almost seven out of every 10 people aged 18 to 34 is single.
They’re also everywhere. A breakdown by state shows that single people make up more than half the population all across the country; basically, everywhere outside Idaho and Utah at least is more than 45 percent single, and in many states, that figure is above 53 percent.
Single people made up 39 percent of the electorate in both the 2010 and 2012 elections. Some 26 percent of them have a bachelor’s degree or higher, while 32 percent of them have a high school diploma or the equivalent as their highest level of education.
Anyways, Happy Unmarried and Single American Week!