Approximately 29% of households in the United States are now composed of a single individual, marking a record high as more Americans delay or forgo marriage altogether.
According to data from the U.S. Census, the number of “solitary” households stood at a mere 8% in 1940, but steadily increased to 18% by 1970. As of 2022, that figure has risen to an estimated 29%, as reported by The Hill.
An analysis conducted by Pew Research reveals a significant shift in the marriage patterns of Americans. The proportion of individuals who remained unmarried by the age of 40 remained below 10% from 1950 to 1980. However, in recent decades, this percentage has skyrocketed, reaching an all-time high of 25% in 2021.
The changing dynamics of American households reflect a broader societal trend of individuals marrying later in life or opting not to marry at all. Factors such as increased educational and career opportunities, changing social norms, and personal preferences contribute to the growing number of single-person households.Click to read full article Go back home