Single Adult Statistics in America
Singles come in all ages, backgrounds, and lifestyles. Below you will find some census data you may find shocking. The reality is that our nation is becoming more single every day and we need to reach out to singles and show them God’s amazing love. We do this through the ministries we support at Table for One and through our mission.
More than 50% of all meals are eaten at a Table for One in the United States. This includes single and married adults.
Singles now outnumber married adults over the age of 16.
28.9 is the average age for a first marriage for men and 26.9 for women. This has increased every year for the past 25 years with a major increase since 2007.
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2011; 47 percent were men.
Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2011.
Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2016. This group comprised 53 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
Number of unmarried U.S. residents 65 and older in 2011. These seniors comprised 16 percent of all unmarried people 18 and older.
Number of people who lived alone in 2011. They comprised 28 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2016 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.
Number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2011. These households comprised 46 percent of households nationwide.
The average length of an engagement in America. 2/3 of women want their man to ask their father for permission to marry them and 69% of couples have known each other for 3 or more years.
Percentage of voters in the 2008 presidential election who were unmarried.
Percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner households in 2016 that included at least one biological child of either partner.
Number of unmarried parents living with their children in 2016. Of these, 10.0 million were unmarried mothers and 1.7 million were unmarried fathers, and 1.9 million were unmarried couples with at least one shared child.
Number of unmarried grandparents who were caregivers for their grandchildren in 2010. They comprised about three in 10 grandparents who were responsible for their grandchildren.
Percentage of women age 15 to 50 with a birth in the last 12 months, as of 2010, who were widowed, divorced or never married.
Most abortions are women in the 20’s who are single and account for nearly 1/2 of all abortions.
The number of abortions in America in 2010
Same-Sex Attraction Singles
Number of unmarried-partner households in 2010. Of this number, 593,000 were same-sex households.
Source: 2010 American Community Survey Table B11009.
Education for Singles
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 with some college education.
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree or more education.
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 who had a high school diploma or equivalent as their highest level of attainment.