Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy Single Americans Week!

To all the single and unmarried folks livin' la vida sola out there -- this federally designated week is for you.

I myself on away on vacation this week (hence the paucity of blog posts), but I couldn't pass up an opportunity to shout out to my fellow Singletons and share some of our more exciting statistics:

92 million

Number of unmarried Americans 18 and older in 2006. This group comprised 42 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older. (Almost a majority! Start planning the bloodless coup!)

54%
Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who are women. (That IS a majority! Woohoo!)

60%
Percentage of unmarried Americans 18 and older who have never been married. (So why do I have the perception that everyone is married except me?)

15 million
Number of unmarried Americans 65 and older. These older Americans comprise 16 percent of all unmarried and single people 18 and older. (Old men = untapped resource.)

86
Number of unmarried men 18 and older for every 100 unmarried women in the United States. (Two words: NOT. FAIR.)

50.7 million
Number of households maintained by unmarried men or women. These households comprise 44 percent of households nationwide. (And we all shop at Target to furnish those households, thereby single-handedly keeping the economy afloat.)

30.5 million
Number of people who live alone. They comprise 27 percent of all households, up from 17 percent in 1970. (In a related statistic, 42.8 million cats live with them.)

24%
Percentage of unmarried people 25 and older in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree or more education. (Why isn't this higher? I'm really asking.)

And my personal favorite ...

904
The number of dating service establishments nationwide as of 2002. These establishments, which include Internet dating services, employed nearly 4,300 people and generated $489 million in revenues. (Indicating that 92 million single and unmarried Americans don't want to stay that way.)

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