Did you know the third full week of September (this year, Sept. 16-22) is "Unmarried and Single Americans Week"? Originally launched in the 1980s as National Singles Week, the move to celebrate single life was renamed because many unmarried Americans (the widowed, for example) don't consider themselves "single."
Anyhow, we learned all this from the "Facts for Features" page on the U.S. Census Bureau website. And as long as we were there, we gathered a few more statistics about the number of single and unmarried Americans:
102 million: Number of unmarried people in the U.S. 18 years and older in 2011. This group comprised 44 percent of all U.S. residents 18 and older.
53% Percentage of unmarried U.S. residents 18 and older who were women in 2011; 47 percent were men.
6.8 million: Number of unmarried-partner households in 2010. Of this number, 593,000 were same-sex households.
35% Percentage of voters in the 2010 November election who were unmarried. In the 2008 presidential election, 38 percent of voters were unmarried.
820,000: Number of unmarried grandparents who were caregivers for their grandchildren in 2010.
Want more facts and figures? Go to census.gov (type "singles week 2012" in the search field).