More Americans Choose To Stay Single And Live Healthier Lifestyles, Survey Shows
There are more unmarried American adults now than there were 50 years ago, according to a recent survey by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The survey data published in August 2017 showed that single or unmarried people comprise 63.5 percent of today's adult population compared to 72 percent in 1960. The trend sparked curiosity among experts on dating behaviors and new social norms of unmarried people.
In 2016, 53.2 percent of unmarried American residents aged 18 and older were women compared to 46.8 percent men. Majority of the 110.6 million singles who were surveyed are unmarried, and some are either divorced or widowed.
The Buckeye Singles Council, which started the celebration of the National Singles Week in the 1980s, identified that unmarried people are those who were never married, widowed, or divorced.
A 2017 study published in the Journal of Women's Health found that unmarried women are living healthier than ever before. They had lower body mass indices, waist sizes, and risks related to smoking and alcohol compared to married individuals.