Men. Hang in there! Especially you unmarried ones. The numbers are shifting in your favor. Just wait for it.
There are currently 103 million folks over the age of 18 in this country who aren’t married. That’s 44.1% of all of us.
But, here’s the good news, guys. Of the 103 million singles, 53.6% are women - 46.4% men. Works out to 100 unmarried women for every 87 men. And the gap is widening. Sociologists have several theories. More women pursuing professional careers - many deciding against being mothers - some in same sex relationships which were not so numerous in the 2010 census - some not wanting to be married - some in long-term relationships while remaining single - more women living longer than men.
In fact, we’re told about 56 million households are maintained by unmarried men and women. That’s some 46% of all households.
There are about 17 million Americans over the age of 65 who aren’t married - some 16% of all single folks. A lot more women than men there.
Also, this statistic. In a population of just over 300 million, about 33 million people live alone. And that figure has increased about 10% in the last 40 years.
So, here’s what we have. More people keeping their single status. More keeping it longer - more keeping it permanently. More people creating households of families without being married. More people living longer and not marrying or remarrying. Legal recognition of same sex relationships in more states - married or not. Number of children per household going down. Just some of the social shifts taking place.
Which prompts this question. Is there now - or will there be - a political effect because of all this? Hard to tell. But those who call themselves political “professionals” should keep these stats handy. Because, just as we’re changing racially as a nation, there are many sociological patterns shifting under our feet. These are just a few. Demographers are finding people are living longer. They’re better educated. They’re forming different types of family units. There are more interracial and same sex marriages. All these factors - and a few dozen more - are just as important as that change of racial balance. (more…)