single black woman Say it loud, you’re single and you’re proud! And so are a bunch of other Americans.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unmarried American adults outnumber their married counterparts for the first time since 1976. The study showed that were are 124.6 million single Americans in August, accounting for 50.2 percent of the 16-and-over US population.

From NY Post:

That number has been hovering just below the 50 percent mark since 2013, before finally getting over the majority hurdle this summer.

Back in 1976, the unmarried crowd accounted for 37.4 percent of the adult population and it’s been trending upward ever since.

Unmarried adults split about 3-to-2 in favor of those who have never walked down the aisle (30.4 percent) compared to divorcees, widows and widowers (19.8 percent). In 1976, those figures were closer at 22.1 percent and 15.3 percent, respectively.

Economist Edward Yardeni said the high rate of single-person households is exaggerating America’s income inequality gap.

“While they (single-income households) have less household earnings than married people, they also have fewer expenses, especially if there are no children in their households,” Yardeni wrote in his report, “Selfies.”

So the next time you see a friend’s status change from single to married on Facebook, scoff and go and do your single ladies dance.

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  • Curls&Swirls

    Hmmm, I’m on the fence about this one. I’m not trying to be single forever so this isn’t news worth a celebration in my eyes. I think men are benefiting the most when it comes to being single…they get all the perks of being in a relationship but not have to worry about a title/marriage. The lack of communication skills and communication in general are inhibiting our desire to be in relationships. Just my op.

    • Not only that, but we live in a culture of ‘hooking up’, which completely benefits men and hurts women who desire (and require) more. I have a co-worker who shared w/ me that he could have a date (met online) everyday of the week. He said women are easy and it’s difficult to find one who isn’t. That shocked me. I really thought folks were flocking to the interwebs to look for love because of the convenience and quality of potential partners it presented.

  • RaiseTheBar

    No mention is made regarding committed long-term monogamous unions. I was in a long-term monogamous relationship that could have resulted in marriage if I said yes when he proposed. Guess he felt me to be wife material; whereas, while the relationship was non-toxic, No goals, No ambitions, No sense of being able to offer more than having been born male are NOT qualities I would accept if I was marriage-minded.