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    25 Cities Where Most People Are Single (24/7 WALL STREET)

    To identify the places with the most single people, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 15 and older populations in every metropolitan area who have never married, who are divorced, and who are widowed. In 25 cities a strong majority of the population is technically single.

     

     

    Most people spend a significant portion of their youth single. Whether you consider tying the knot as something to defer to the future or something to avoid altogether, the truth is, there’s much less pressure to get married at a young age. And where you live may influence your current relationship status.

    To identify the places with the most single people, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed 15 and older populations in every metropolitan area who have never married, who are divorced, and who are widowed. In 25 cities a strong majority of the population is technically single.

    Marital status of the U.S. population has changed significantly over the years, with some of the most notable changes taking place in just the past five decades. The shares of married men and women in the U.S. declined from approximately 70% in the 1960s to just over 50% last year.

    Perhaps the age at which people are choosing to get hitched has contributed to the perceived plummet in marriages. While most people still marry today, they marry much later in life, according to the Census Bureau. If 8 in 10 people were married by 30 years old in the 1970s, today it is not until the age 45 that 8 in 10 are married.

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    25. Corvallis, OR
    > Single population: 55.1%
    > Never married population: 42.4% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 8.5% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 4.2% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 75,492
    > Median household income: $52,015

    Source: bowie15 / iStock

    24. Ann Arbor, MI
    > Single population: 55.1%
    > Never married population: 42.4% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 8.8% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 3.9% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 300,415
    > Median household income: $62,484 (top 25%)

    Source: SeanPavonePhoto / iStock

    23. Macon-Bibb County, GA
    > Single population: 55.2%
    > Never married population: 35.8% (top 25%)
    > Divorced population: 12.2%
    > Widowed population: 7.2% (top 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 184,442
    > Median household income: $40,375 (bottom 10%)

    Source: g-stockstudio / iStock

    22. Albany, GA
    > Single population: 55.2%
    > Never married population: 36.6% (top 25%)
    > Divorced population: 11.9%
    > Widowed population: 6.7%
    > Population 15+ years: 122,752
    > Median household income: $38,674 (bottom 10%)

    Source: Thinkstock

    21. Pine Bluff, AR
    > Single population: 55.3%
    > Never married population: 35.4% (top 25%)
    > Divorced population: 12.6%
    > Widowed population: 7.3% (top 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 77,394
    > Median household income: $36,656 (bottom 10%)

    Source: bedya / iStock

    20. Tuscaloosa, AL
    > Single population: 55.7%
    > Never married population: 39.7% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 10.0% (bottom 25%)
    > Widowed population: 6.0%
    > Population 15+ years: 195,856
    > Median household income: $45,348 (bottom 25%)

    Source: KQconcepts / iStock

    19. Chico, CA
    > Single population: 55.8%
    > Never married population: 36.1% (top 25%)
    > Divorced population: 13.3% (top 25%)
    > Widowed population: 6.4%
    > Population 15+ years: 186,313
    > Median household income: $44,366 (bottom 25%)

    Source: Thinkstock

    18. New Orleans-Metairie, LA
    > Single population: 56.0%
    > Never married population: 37.3% (top 25%)
    > Divorced population: 12.4%
    > Widowed population: 6.3%
    > Population 15+ years: 1,014,317
    > Median household income: $48,319

    Source: Thinkstock

    17. Lafayette-West Lafayette, IN
    > Single population: 56.7%
    > Never married population: 41.9% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 10.6%
    > Widowed population: 4.2% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 174,389
    > Median household income: $48,143

    Source: tzm23 / Shutterstock.com

    16. Champaign-Urbana, IL
    > Single population: 56.7%
    > Never married population: 43.0% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 9.0% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 4.7% (bottom 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 198,298Median household income: $50,268

    Source: Thinkstock

    15. Springfield, MA
    > Single population: 56.8%
    > Never married population: 39.9% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 10.8%
    > Widowed population: 6.1%
    > Population 15+ years: 523,509
    > Median household income: $53,609

    Source: Wikimedia Commons

    14. Muncie, IN
    > Single population: 57.0%
    > Never married population: 38.3% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 12.1%
    > Widowed population: 6.6%
    > Population 15+ years: 98,436
    > Median household income: $39,537 (bottom 10%)

    Source: Jae69376 / Wikimedia Commons

    13. Morgantown, WV
    > Single population: 57.3%
    > Never married population: 42.8% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 9.5% (bottom 25%)
    > Widowed population: 5.0% (bottom 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 117,040
    > Median household income: $46,484

    Source: Cypress Landing / Wikimedia Commons

    12. Greenville, NC
    > Single population: 57.3%
    > Never married population: 43.2% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 9.2% (bottom 25%)
    > Widowed population: 4.9% (bottom 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 142,762
    > Median household income: $42,308 (bottom 25%)

    Source: Smallbones / Wikimedia Commons

    11. Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ
    > Single population: 57.9%
    > Never married population: 40.8% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 11.1%
    > Widowed population: 6.0%
    > Population 15+ years: 124,677
    > Median household income: $49,537

    Source: Thinkstock

    10. College Station-Bryan, TX
    > Single population: 58.1%
    > Never married population: 46.4% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 7.7% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 4.0% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 200,427
    > Median household income: $42,948 (bottom 25%)

    Source: Tim Kiser / Wikimedia Commons

    9. Ames, IA
    > Single population: 58.1%
    > Never married population: 48.7% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 6.2% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 3.2% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 81,248
    > Median household income: $51,201

    Source: Nick Fox / Shutterstock.com

    8. Flagstaff, AZ
    > Single population: 58.2%
    > Never married population: 45.0% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 9.9% (bottom 25%)
    > Widowed population: 3.3% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 113,254
    > Median household income: $51,106

    Source: Thinkstock

    7. Athens-Clarke County, GA
    > Single population: 58.2%
    > Never married population: 43.7% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 9.3% (bottom 25%)
    > Widowed population: 5.2%
    > Population 15+ years: 166,172
    > Median household income: $40,955 (bottom 10%)

    Source: Wikimedia Commons

    6. State College, PA
    > Single population: 58.3%
    > Never married population: 47.0% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 7.1% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 4.2% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 139,070
    > Median household income: $54,407

    Source: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com

    5. Tallahassee, FL
    > Single population: 59.1%
    > Never married population: 43.5% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 11.0%
    > Widowed population: 4.6% (bottom 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 315,746
    > Median household income: $47,011

    Source: Jeff Zehnder / Shutterstock.com

    4. Lawrence, KS
    > Single population: 59.6%
    > Never married population: 46.9% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 8.8% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 3.9% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 97,852
    > Median household income: $52,698

    Source: Sean Pavone / iStock

    3. Gainesville, FL
    > Single population: 60.7%
    > Never married population: 45.5% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 10.4%
    > Widowed population: 4.8% (bottom 25%)
    > Population 15+ years: 232,149
    > Median household income: $44,337 (bottom 25%)

    Source: Patawee / Shutterstock.com

    2. Bloomington, IN
    > Single population: 60.9%
    > Never married population: 45.3% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 11.2%
    > Widowed population: 4.4% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 141,516
    > Median household income: $43,828 (bottom 25%)

    Source: Maeshima hiroki / Wikimedia Commons

    1. Ithaca, NY
    > Single population: 61.6%
    > Never married population: 49.6% (top 10%)
    > Divorced population: 8.1% (bottom 10%)
    > Widowed population: 3.9% (bottom 10%)
    > Population 15+ years: 91,251
    > Median household income: $54,133

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