Answer: Married folks … but not by much and the curves are soon to cross,
At the end of 2012, singles accounted for a record 49.6% of the population aged 16 years or older.
That’s up from 37.6% at the end of 1976.
Here are some more nums and the ‘so whats’ …
Again, at the end of 2012, singles accounted for a record 49.6% of the population aged 16 years or older.
Over the past 10 years the number of singles is up 20.4 million, four times the increase in the number of married persons.
Of the roughly 125 million singles, 73 million have never been married … 48 million are divorced, separated or widowed.
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According to Dr. Edward Yardeni …
Adults who have never been married and have no kids aren’t likely to be all that concerned about leaving the next generation with more debt than has ever been passed on by one generation to the next.
Many younger adults are currently more interested in getting government-subsidized student loans.
Many of the seniors do have older children and grandchildren, however, they are living longer, and are expecting the government to support them since their good-for-nothing kids won’t do it.
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Random Demographic Stats
Life expectancy at birth increased to a record 78.7 years during 2010, up from 76.8 a decade ago and 75.4 two decades ago.
The general fertility rate (GFR) has dropped to the lowest on record … 63.2 births per 1,000 women aged 15-44. That’s about half the peak of 122.7 births during 1957, when the Baby Boomers were booming.
The actual number of live births, on a 12-month moving sum basis, dropped from a record high of 4.33 million during February 2008 to 3.94 million in June 2012, the lowest since May 1999.