Salient to Investors:

BLS said 50.2% of those 16 years or older in the US were single in August, versus 37.4% in 1976.

Edward Yardeni at Yardeni Research said:

  • The rise in singles exaggerates income inequality in the US and has implications for our economy, society and politics.
  • Singles, particularly younger ones, are more likely to rent than to own their homes, while never-married young singles are less likely to have children and previously married older ones are unlikely to have young kids.
  • Singles have less household earnings than married people, but have fewer expenses.
  • 30.4% of adult Americans have never married versus 22.1% in 1976. 19.8% are divorced, separated or widowed versus 15.3% in 1976.

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