Singles In America

These Stats May Surprise You

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.

50%+ Of all Meals are Eaten Alone
53%

More than 50% of all meals are eaten at a Table for One in the United States. This includes single and married adults.

Source: NPD Group

0
Million Singles

Singles now outnumber married adults over the age of 16.

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics August 2014

Single Life

0
Men
0
Women

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.

Source: American FactFinder

53% Women
53%

Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2011; 47 percent were men.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

89 Men
89%

Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2011.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2011. This group comprised 44.1 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

Number of unmarried U.S. residents 65 and older in 2011. These seniors comprised 16 percent of all unmarried people 18 and older.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

Number of people who lived alone in 2011. They comprised 28 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

Number of widows in America, of which 4 times as many are women as men. Widows live on average 14 years alone after their spouse has passed away. The average age of a widow is 57.

Source: Census.govCensus.govWidows Bridge

62% Never Married
62%

Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2011 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Years Old

The median age of first marriage divorces in America. 45-50% of first marriages end in divorce, and that percentage only rises with each re-marriage. Singles adults who are divorced remarry on average of just over 3 years after their last divorce.

Source: Census.govDivorceStatistics.org

0
Million

Number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2011. These households comprised 46 percent of households nationwide.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

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.

Source: http://ezinearticles.com

38%
40%

Percentage of voters in the 2008 presidential election who were unmarried.

Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2008

Parenting

40% of all Parents are Single Parents
40%

Percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner households in 2011 that included at least one biological child of either partner.

Source: Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Million

Number of unmarried parents living with their children in 2011. 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.

Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2011

0
Thousand

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.

Source: 2006-2010 American Community Survey

36%
36%

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.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey

47% of Abortions
47%

Most abortions are women in the 20’s who are single and account for nearly 1/2 of all abortions.

Source: CDC

0
Thousand

765,651

The number of abortions in America in 2010
Source: CDC

Same-Sex Attraction Singles

0
Million

Number of unmarried-partner households in 2010. Of this number, 593,000 were same-sex households.

Source: 2010 American Community Survey Table B11009.

3.5% LGBT
3.5%

25.6 million single adults over 18 who have or do struggle with same-sex attraction. However, only 2% of Americans are considered lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT).

Source: Williams Institute and Federal Health Survey

Education for Singles

42%
42%

Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 with some college education.

Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011

25%
25%

Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree or more education.

Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011

33%
33%

Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2011 who had a high school diploma or equivalent as their highest level of attainment.

Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011

Most original data found at Census.gov and used with permission.

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