Friday, August 20, 2010

Demographics: Single in the U.S.

VIA CNN: Single? You're not alone

About 46 percent of all U.S. households are maintained by a single person, says the Census Bureau. More than half of the unwed are women. Know what else? For every 100 single women, just 88 single men are available.

There are 96 million people in the United States who have no spouse. That means 43 percent of all Americans over the age of 18 are single, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

"Single" is defined as adults who have never been married, are divorced or are widowed in the bureau's America's Families and Living Arrangements survey of 2009.

An increasing number of these single Americans -- more than 31 million -- are living alone, according to the census. They make up 27 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.

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