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Census Reveals Rise In Single Hoosiers

Last updated on Friday, June 3, 2011

(UNDATED) - The 2010 Census reveals that for the first time in U.S. and Indiana history, households headed up by single people outnumber married households.

The census shows married households now make up 48% nationwide, down from 52% in the last Census.

IUPUI Sociology Department Chairman Neale Chumbler says of the 2.5 million households in Indiana, 49.6% are married couple families.

He says that number is down from 54% from ten years ago.

Marion County has the lowest percentage of married couples in the state at 36.9%.

Chumbler says Indiana is definitely following the national trend of fast growing single households.

Chumbler cites numerous reasons for the growth in singles: young people are focusing more on career and waiting longer to get married, a fast growing, aging population likely to be divorced or widowed and a higher concentration of unmarried women in cities and rural areas, to name a few.

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