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National Singles Week

Updated on September 8, 2011

National Unmarried and Single Americans Week is September 18-24, 2011

Every year, National Singles Week (or more properly known as National Unmarried and Single Americans Week) takes place the third full week of September. This week gives a chance for unmarried people to celebrate the opportunities their status gives them, as well as raise awareness of issues affecting singles in the United States.

Singular Facts

  • There are about 99.6 million unmarried people (18 and older) living in the United States. That's over 43% of all American adults!
  • There are 88 single men for every 100 single women in the country.
  • Of women who had a baby in the previous year, 35% are single moms.
  • There are around 6.9 million unmarried partner households.
  • Of voters in the 2008 election, 38% were single.

How to Celebrate

Many U.S. cities and towns have signed proclamations recognizing the third week in September as National Unmarried and Single Americans Week. Check your local events calendars to see what kind of events might already be planned. If you don't find anything of interest, plan something yourself!

  • Invite unmarried and single friends over for a dinner party and enjoy being together.
  • Spend some time creating a list of ways you an take advantage of your unmarried status. For example: easy traveling, time to accomplish personal goals, etc. Then plan how you will do those things in the coming year.
  • Watch Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Cranford or any other movie that celebrates friendship and being single.
  • Scour the stores for National Singles Week cards for your friends. If you don't find any, make some yourself with cardstock and cute pictures of you and them. Have fun hand-delivering them.

Issues Affecting Singles

There are many issues that concern singles in America, including:

  • Societal views of what a traditional family looks like
  • Insurance questions in a civil union
  • Raising children in an unmarried household
  • Finding support in the community

Spread the Love!

This National Singles Week, make sure you reach out to all your loved ones who are unmarried right now and let them know you love and appreciate them!


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    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      I didn't know this...interesting, thanks for sharing!

      Welcome to Hubpages. You've picked the right forum to follow! :) (Beautiful profile photo btw)

    • amazingchild profile image

      amazingchild 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Thanks for reading everyone!

      I don't think people realize how the structure of American society has changed like this. It was very interesting to learn and write about!

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      annmackiemiller 6 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England

      what an amazing thing - voted up and interesting. well done.

    • Cloverleaf profile image

      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi amazingchild,

      I was quite blown away with your stats and intrigued to learn that 43% of American adults are actually single. I would never have imagined so many. Keep on hubbing, you're still doing great in your challenge!


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      amazingchild 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Thanks for reading!

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      Reynold Jay 6 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      It’s great to see a new HUBBER and welcome to HUB writing. I'm not a single and ran across this HUB,ans really impressed with it. You have this laid out beautifully and it is easy to understand. Keep up the great HUBS. I must give this an “Up ONE and awesome.” I'm now your fan! RJ

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