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Release Number CB15-FF.19
Component ID: #ti1410021456

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. 20-26 in 2015) 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.

Component ID: #ti2115923969

Single Life

107 million

Number of unmarried people in America 18 and older in 2014. This group made up 45 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

53%

Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2014; 47 percent were men.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

63%

Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older in 2014 who had never been married. Another 24 percent were divorced, and 13 percent were widowed.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

18 million

Number of unmarried U.S. residents 65 and older in 2014. These seniors made up 17 percent of all unmarried people 18 and older.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

88

Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States in 2014.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A1
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

58 million

Number of households maintained by unmarried men and women in 2014. These households comprised 47 percent of households nationwide.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table A2
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014A.html>

34 million

Number of people who lived alone in 2014. They comprised 28 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table HH-4
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/files/hh4.xls>

Component ID: #ti2115923970

Parenting

36%

Percentage of women 15 to 50 with a birth in the last 12 months, as of 2014, who were widowed, divorced or never married.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey, Table 13002
<http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_5YR_B13002&prodType=table>

39%

Percentage of opposite-sex, unmarried-partner couples in 2014 that lived with at least one biological child of either partner.
Source: America’s Families and Living Arrangements: 2014, Table UC3
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/families/data/cps2014UC.html>

806,811

Number of unmarried grandparents who were responsible for most of the basic care of a co-resident grandchild in 2013; 30 percent of coresident grandparents responsible for their grandchildren were unmarried.
Source: 2009-2013 American Community Survey, Table B10057
<http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_5YR_B10057&prodType=table>

Component ID: #ti2115923971

Unmarried Couples

7 million

Number of unmarried-partner households in 2013. Of this number, 573,530 were same-sex households.
Source: 2013 American Community Survey Table, B11009
<http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_5YR_B11009&prodType=table>

Component ID: #ti2115923972

Voters

39%

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

35%

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

Component ID: #ti2115923973

Education

87%

Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2014 who had completed high school or more education
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014, Table 2
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2014/tables.html>

27%

Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree or more education.
Source: Educational Attainment in the United States: 2014, Table 2
<http://www.census.gov/hhes/socdemo/education/data/cps/2014/tables.html>


Component ID: #ti536796985

The following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau’s Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)
Super Bowl
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)
Women's History Month (March)
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/
      St. Patrick's Day (March 17)
Earth Day (April 22)
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)
Older Americans Month (May)
Mother's Day
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)
Labor Day
Grandparents Day
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Halloween (Oct. 31)
American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month (November)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)
Thanksgiving Day
The Holiday Season (December)

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. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau’s Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; or e-mail: pio@census.gov.

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