yped, Stigmatized, and Ignored said at the same time, people start to see the positive aspe
cts of living single, such as being free to pursue their passions, enjoying solitude an
d putting the people they care most about at the center of their lives, instead of a romantic partner.
Other factors contributing to the rise of one-person househol
ds include high levels of divorce, increased education that leads to more employment and be
tter-paying career opportunities, and increased longevity and improved health at older ages.
As of 2017, the average age of a first marriage for women was about 27.5, while it was
29.5 for men. Demographers estimate that about 80 percent of Americans will marry at some point in their lives.
That’s a lot lower than the 95 percent who married in the 1950s and 1960s, and it may drop somewhat more, according to Steph
anie Coontz, a marriage historian and author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage.