This week is National Unmarried and Single Americans week.
According to the U.S. Census, there were 105 million single American adults last year. That’s 44 percent of the 18 and over population. Fifty-three percent of this group are women. Sixty-two percent have never been married. Twenty-four percent are divorced. Fourteen percent were widowed.
Sorry ladies, there are 87 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women.
Of course, many men and women live together without being married. There were 57 million such households in the U.S. in 2013.
What’s the singles scene in Rochester?
Singles make up more than half the adult population. In 2013, 44.2 percent of the adult population is married. That’s down from 51.3 percent in 2000. Forty-one percent of men and 35 percent of women have never been married. Eight percent of men and 11 percent of women are divorced and single. Three percent of men and 9 percent of women are widowed.
In Monroe County, nearly 21,000 unmarried people lived with a significant other in 2013.
What are the implications? With the release of poverty data this week, we also saw that single mothers in Monroe County were more far more likely to be poor. In addition, Bloomberg reports:
Singles, particularly younger ones, are more likely to rent than to own their dwellings. Never-married young singles are less likely to have children and previously married older ones, many of whom have adult children, are unlikely to have young kids, (Ed) Yardeni wrote. That will influence how much money they spend and what they buy.
Links of the Day:
– Pegulas are super-rich, but they won’t pay for a new stadium. Hello taxpayers and personal seat licenses.
– With voters split on fracking, does it makes sense for Astorino to use Cuomo’s indecision as campaign issue?
– Last week, I took a look at how parole works in Rochester. We found out how many ex-prisoners are homeless, have absconded and got arrested for violent felonies.
– A Rochester grandmother is sending her grandson away to save him from the streets.
– ESPN has an exhaustive, detailed story of the Ray Rice scandal. No one looks good.
– Are U.S. soldiers dying from survivable wounds?
– I’m sure East High’s principal is a nice guy, but what on earth has he done to warrant an honor from the White House? His school is failing so badly, the state ordered it to close.
Help Fight Poverty:
I’m honorary chair of the Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley‘s first annual 5k and walk. This organization helps women and girls in poverty become economically self-sufficient. Please consider joining my team and/or making a donation of any amount. If you like my blog posts, I’m sure we could have great conversation walking through Genesee Valley Park on October 26!