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Who Knew? D.C. Tops in Never-Married Population

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Who Knew? D.C. Tops in Never-Married Population

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States With Highest Share of Never-Married Men and Women

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“Who Knew?” is a fun and compelling look at our nation through U.S. Census Bureau data. 

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Today's Question:

What states have the highest percentage of adults under the age of 40 who have never been married?

Aside from California, most of the states on the list that are havens for never-married men are in the north and east and all of the states on the list that have the highest share of never-married women are in the east. The District of Columbia is tops for the never-married of both sexes.

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Men

State % Never Married Margin of Error
District of Columbia 76.6 1.7
Connecticut 72.0 0.9
Rhode Island
71.9 1.9
Massachusetts 71.2 0.7
New York 70.2 0.5
Vermont 69.6 2.0
Delaware 68.4 2.2
New Jersey 67.7 0.7
Pennsylvania 67.4 0.6
California 67.2 0.3

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The listed states may not be statistically different from each other and there are five additional states (Florida, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, and New Hampshire) whose percent never married is not statistically different from states on this list.

For the whole country, 64.2 percent of men age 18 to 39 (+/- 0.1) have never been married.

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Women

State % Never Married Margin of Error
District of Columbia 76.0 2.1
Rhode Island 67.0 2.1
Massachusetts 64.5 0.7
New York 64.4 0.4
Connecticut 62.3 1.0
Vermont 62.0 2.4
Delaware 61.4 2.2
Pennsylvania 60.7 0.5
Maryland 59.9 0.9
New Jersey 59.1 0.7

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The listed states may not be statistically different from each other and there are six additional states (California, Florida, Illinois,  Louisiana, Michigan, and New Hampshire) whose percent never married is not statistically different from states on this list.

For the whole country, 56.1 percent of women age 18 to 39 (+/- 0.1) have never been married.

The difference in the percent never married for men and women for the District of Columbia is not statistically different.

The margin of error is based on a 90 percent confidence level. More information on the accuracy of the data.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2016 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates.

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David Raglin is a Survey Statistician in the American Community Survey Office.


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