Nearly 4 in 10 American Adults Live Without Spouse or Partner As Single Population Grows: Pew

Nearly 4 in 10 American Adults Live Without Spouse or Partner As Single Population Grows: Pew

I wouldn’t be surprised if the hyper-marriage-pushers out there, such as Brad Wilcox or Al Mohler, don’t get wind of this new Pew study and start rattling off inaccurate blog posts or comments slamming singleness, and declaring that married people are better, more mature, and healthier than singles.

(Link): Rising Share of U.S. Adults Are Living Without a Spouse or Partner

On key economic outcomes, single adults at prime working age increasingly lag behind those who are married or cohabiting

(Link): Nearly 4 in 10 American Adults Live Without Spouse or Partner As Single Population Grows: Pew

By Michael Gryboski

About four out of 10 adults in the United States are living without a romantic partner, which is part of a growing trend, according to a new report by Pew Research Center.

Using census data, Pew noted in a report Tuesday that 38% of U.S. adults in 2019 were neither living with a spouse or other romantic partner, which was an increase from the 29% reported in 1990.

By contrast, 53% of adults in 2019 were married, representing a decline from the 64% reported in 1990. Meanwhile, 6% of adults were cohabitating in 2019, up from 4% in 1990.

…”The growth in the single population is driven mainly by the decline in marriage among adults who are at prime working age,” Pew Senior Researcher Richard Fry and Pew Director of Social Trends Research Kim Parker wrote in an analysis.

“While the unpartnered population includes some adults who were previously married (those who are separated, divorced or widowed), all of the growth in the unpartnered population since 1990 has come from a rise in the number who have never been married.”

The researchers concluded that this growing single population had “broad societal implications, as does the growing gap in well-being between partnered and unpartnered adults.”

…“People are getting married later in life these days, and they are less likely to rush into a marriage which they may regret later on. On the other hand, we’ve seen the record low marriage rate happening in the U.S.,” IFS Director of Research Dr. Wendy Wang told The Christian Post at the time.

“College-educated adults are more likely than those without a college degree to get married, and their divorce rate is lower.”


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(Link): Critique of Federalist Editorial “There Is One Pro-Women Camp In American Politics, And It’s The Right by Elle Reynolds” – Do Federalist Magazine Members Realize There Are Single, Childless Conservative Women?

(Link): Rise in Singles, Who Face Economic Costs, Worry Researchers

(Link):  Seven Reasons Not To Get Married, According to Science

(Link): Unmarried and Childless Women Are the Happiest: 2019 Study

(Link): Southern Baptist Al Mohler Intimates That Childless And Childfree Adults Are  Not Human (2019) – and He Thinks This is a Good and Biblical Worldview

(Link): It’s Better To Be Single, According To Science by Erin Brodwin

(Link): The War Over Marriage Is Raging; Single People Are Winning by B. DePaulo

(Link): What You Lose When You Gain a Spouse – What if marriage is not the social good that so many believe and want it to be? by M. Catron

(Link):  More Anti-Singleness Bias From Southern Baptist Al Mohler – Despite the Bible Says It Is Better Not To Marry

(Link): Why Are So Many Single Women Leaving the Church? by K. Gaddini

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