U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features: Unmarried and Single Americans Week: Sept. 15-21, 2013

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. 15-21 in 2013) 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.

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Single Life

103 million
Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2012. This group made up 44.1  percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.                                                
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A1

53.6%
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2012; 46.4 percent were men.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012 www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A1

62%
Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2012 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 14 percent were widowed.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A1

17 million
Number of unmarried U.S. residents 65 and older in 2012. These seniors made up 16 percent of all unmarried people 18 and older.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A1

87
Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2012.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A1

56 million
Number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2012. These households comprised 46 percent of households nationwide.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table A2

33 million
Number of people who lived alone in 2012. They comprised 27 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.
Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
https://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table H1 and HH-4

Parenting

36%
Percentage of women age 15 to 50 with a birth in the last 12 months, as of 2011, who were widowed, divorced or never married.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02http://factfinder.census.gov/ Table DP02

40%
Percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner couples in 2012 that lived with at least one biological child of either partner.
Source: Source: America's Families and Living Arrangements: 2012
https://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2012.html Table UC3

804,000
Number of unmarried grandparents who were responsible for most of the basic care of a co-resident grandchild in 2011. Twenty-nine percent of co-resident grandparents responsible for their grandchildren were unmarried.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/B10057 Table B10057

Unmarried Couples

6.7 million
Number of unmarried-partner households in 2011. Of this number, 605,000 were same-sex households.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/B11009 Table B11009

Voters

39%
Percentage of voters in the 2012 presidential election, who were unmarried, compared to 24 percent of voters in the 1972 presidential election.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2012/tables.html Table 9

35%
Percentage of voters in the 2010 November election who were unmarried.
Source: Voting and Registration in the Election of 2010
http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/socdemo/voting/publications/p20/2010/tables.html Table 9

Education

32.1%
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2012 who had a high school diploma or equivalent as their highest level of attainment.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2012/tables.html Table 2

26%
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2012 with a bachelor's degree or more education.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012
http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2012/tables.html Table 2

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)               Labor Day
Super Bowl                                                            Grandparents Day
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                        Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)                              Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                    Halloween (Oct. 31)
  St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                  American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)                 (November) 
Older Americans Month (May)                                 Veterans Day (Nov. 11)    
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                                           Thanksgiving Day
Mother's Day                                                          The Holiday Season (December)  
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                   
Father's Day                                                                          
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)                                                                                                               

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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