More Single Women Purchase Homes Than Single Men

homeownership among unmarried women

How Many Women Own Homes

Perhaps you missed it, but Unmarried and Single Americans Week was observed from Sept. 17 to 23. Based on 2016 demographics, there were 110.6 million unmarried people in the country to be celebrated. That’s 45.2 percent of all United States residents ages 18 and older, a number that includes the never married, widowed, divorced and cohabiting.

 

What is the housing situation for people who are unmarried? Women, who made up 53.2 percent of this group in 2016, are more likely to be homeowners, according to United States Census Bureau.

In fact, tracked over 30 years, single women have consistently led single men in homeownership. In 2016, 49.6 percent owned their own homes, with single men at 46.8 percent. Men have been closing the gap in recent years (see the chart), but it is also worth noting that homeownership rates overall have decreased in the last decade.

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