What Percentage of 60-Year-Olds are Single?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau data, a significantly increasing number of people are staying alone as they age – 45 percent of Americans in their 50s and 60s are single today, in comparison to 28 percent in 1960.
The increased number of single people age 50 and up is caused by a decline in marriage among working adults and a rising divorce rate among Baby Boomers (nearly doubled since the 1990s). Also, many people over the age of 60 have lost their spouses and they are still grieving.
According to a Pew Research Center report, around four in ten adults ages 25 to 54 were neither married nor living with a partner in 2019. In addition, their research shows that men are more likely than women to be single.