Fully 43% of adults (87 million people) say they are single. century with a swing towards marriage in the 1950s and 1960s.These data generally align with findings from a 50,000-household survey conducted by the U. Marriage rates then receded as the ranks of both the widowed and the never-married increased.

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Only 16% of single Americans say they are hunting for a partner.

That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.

Perhaps not surprisingly, finding suitable partners is easier in urban areas than in suburban areas, and far easier than in rural areas.

As shown in the table, 57% of city dwellers who are looking for dates say there is plenty of dating potential in their communities compared with 38% of date-seeking suburbanites and only 21% of date seekers residing in rural settings.

While the survey provides no direct evidence that the internet can take credit for the higher rates of wedlock among its users, it does show that internet date-seeking has become increasingly popular.

Emerging adulthood is a hypothetical phase of the life span between adolescence and full-fledged adulthood which encompasses late adolescence and early adulthood, proposed by Jeffrey Arnett in a 2000 article in the American Psychologist.

Still, bars remain a relatively popular place for long-term relationships to begin.

Here is a rundown from the survey of how the internet users in marriages or long-term relationships first encountered each other.

Moreover, when asked to describe the dating possibilities where they live, a plurality, 47%, said there were very few single people in their town they would be interested in dating.

Another 41% said there were lots of single people in their town that seemed interesting but 10% said they didn’t know much about the local singles scene.

Perhaps more surprisingly, single men said they had been less active daters than single women. Despite the challenges of finding a mate, a majority of American adults have found marriage partners or long-term relationships.