A record high share of 40-year-olds in the United States have never been married, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data.
As of 2021, 25% of 40-year-olds in the United States had never been married, a significant increase from 20% in 2010.
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In 1900, about 15% of 40-year-olds in the US had never been married. The number dropped steadily from 1900 to 1980, when it reached a low of 6%.
However, the share of never-married 40-year-olds has climbed back up ever since, rising to its highest ever recorded level of 25% in 2021.
The percentage of never-married people varies widely by race, ethnicity and education level.
Men (28%) are more likely than women (22%) to have never been married by their fourtieth year of age. There is also a significant difference among ethnic groups: White (20%), Black (46%), Hispanic (27%), Asian (17%).
Education plays a decisive role, too, with 33% of individuals without a college degree being most likely to never have been married, compared to 18% of people with at least a Bachelor's degree.