They say love is a beautiful thing. Humans want to love and be loved back. But does everyone find love? Unfortunately, some people do not get to experience love from a partner and, therefore end up single.

According to recent studies, the number of single people is increasing tremendously. Currently, about 2 billion people around the world are single. At the Bedbible Research Center, we have carried out intensive research to cover this topic even more. Find out how many people are single worldwide, how many die as singles, why people are not interested in a date, and much more.

Here’s what you can find in this piece:

Key Findings

  • More than 2 billion people worldwide are currently single.
  • 127 million adults are single in the USA (that’s 38,4% of the population that’s single).
  • 89% of singles are not dating because they think they cannot flirt well.
  • 75% of singles who are not dating are too picky.
  • 82.1% of single women believe being too picky is the reason they are not dating.
  • 34% of high school graduates in the United States are single.
  • Approx. 15 Mio. Americans die single every year.
  • 41% of single Americans are aged between 18-29 years making up the highest age group of singles in the U.S.
  • Denmark has the highest number of singles with 24.1% of adults in the country being single.
  • Richmond, VA is the city with the most singles in the U.S.
  • Most singles in the U.S. are Black Americans, constituting 47%, followed by White/Caucasian at 28% and Hispanic origin at 27%.
  • Most singles are not dating because they have important priorities or like staying single.
  • 66.93% of single adults in America have never been married.
  • 53% of singles on the dating market are looking for either casual dates or long-term relationship

Here Is The Number of Single People In The World

  • The world has at least 2 billion single people.
  • 13.4% of people in the United States are Single.
  • In 2023, 49.29% of people in Denmark were single.
  • In 2018, 200 million adults in China were single.
  • As of 2018, France had 27.7 million single people. 
  • Iceland had 90,239 singles in 2023.
  • In 2023, 5,910,276 adults in Belgium were unmarried singles.
  • As of 2022, 30.7 million people in South Africa were single, representing 51.85%.
  • In 2023, 8,851,656 adults in the Netherlands were single.
  • As of 2020, Wales and England had 28,392,544 singles.
  • 34.8 million adults in Russia were single in 2012.
  • The United States had 126.9 million single adults in 2021.
  • In 2022, Canada had 18.27 million single adults.
  • As of 2022, 5,656,900 individuals were single in Sweden.
Number of Single People in the world

10 Countries With The Most Singles (compared to the total number of citizens)

In today’s fast-paced world, the dynamics of relationships and marital status are changing rapidly across the globe. As we explore this evolving landscape, a fascinating trend emerges: certain countries are experiencing a significant rise in the number of single individuals. This phenomenon is not confined to one region or culture but is a global occurrence, reflective of changing societal norms and individual choices.

In our latest analysis, we delve into the statistics to uncover the countries with the highest percentages of single people. From the cozy streets of Denmark to the vibrant cities of France, our list traverses diverse cultures and geographies. These nations, each unique in its own way, share a common thread – a notable portion of their populations are embracing the single life. Whether due to shifting social attitudes, economic factors, or personal preferences, these countries are redefining what it means to be single in the modern world.

Here’s a glance at the countries leading this intriguing trend:

CountryPercentage
Denmark24.1%
France22.8%
Finland19.6%
Belgium19.5%
Norway19.3%
Luxembourg19.1%
Australia18.5%
Estonia18.2%
New Zealand17.6%
Switzerland17.5%

Source: iusw.org

Focusing On The US

In an era where personal choices and societal norms are constantly evolving, the concept of being single in the United States presents a multifaceted and intriguing picture. Our comprehensive report titled ‘Focusing on the US’ dives deep into the landscape of singleness across various dimensions in the country. We explore not just the overall number of single individuals, but also examine this trend through the lenses of geography, demography, and sociology.

How Many Are Single In The US

  • In 2005, more than 55% of Americans Were Single, with 42% being single men.
  • 65% of women In America were single as of 2006.
  • In 2016, 111 million adults in the U.S. were single with 53% being women and 47% being men.
  • In 2019,31% of adults in the U.S. were single, with more than half searching for dates online.
  • As of 2020, 89,028, 650 Americans were single, of which 47,510,290 were males while 41,518,250 were females.
  • In 2021, 127 million Americans (51%) were single.
  • 127 million American adults were single, accounting for about 40% of the country’s population.

Cities With The Most Singles

Ever wonder where in the United States you’re most likely to meet single people? Our latest section focuses on this, showcasing the top cities where single men and women live. We’ve ranked these cities, giving you a clear picture of where singles are thriving in the US.

Take a look at our list:

RankTop 10 Cities With Most Single MenTop 10 Cities With Most Single Women
1Minneapolis,MNRichmond, VA
2Minneapolis, MNPittsburgh, PA
3Atlanta, GACincinnati, OH
4Newark, NJCleveland, OH
5Pittsburgh, PANewark, NJ
6Madison, WIBaton Rouge, LA
7Richmond, VAAtlanta, GA
8Buffalo, NYWashington DC
9Reno, NYSt.Louis, MO
10Cinicinnati, OHBuffalo, NY

How Many Americans Die Single?

  • In the United States, singles have a higher death rate than married people.
Marital statusDeath Rate in 2010 (per 100,000)Death Rate in 2019 (per 100,000)
All Americans1,1221,074
Married839747
Never Married1,4661,423
Widowed1,5671,627
Divorced1,3661,324

To estimate the number of Americans who die single, we need to focus on the death rates for “Never Married,” “Widowed,” and “Divorced” individuals, as these categories represent people who are single at the time of death. The “Widowed” and “Divorced” categories are a bit more complex since these individuals were once married, but for the purpose of this calculation, we’ll include them as ‘single at the time of death.’

Based on the given death rates per 100,000 individuals for 2019:

  • Never Married: 1,423 deaths per 100,000
  • Widowed: 1,627 deaths per 100,000
  • Divorced: 1,324 deaths per 100,000

Let’s calculate the estimated number of deaths for each category based on the US population of 335 million.

The formula to calculate the number of deaths is:

Number of Deaths = ((Death Rate per 100,000/100,000)×Total Population)

We will sum the deaths from the three categories to estimate the total number of single Americans who die each year. Let’s calculate this.

Based on the death rates and the US population, it’s estimated that approximately 14,652,900 single Americans (including never-married, widowed, and divorced individuals) died in 2019. This figure provides a comprehensive view of the number of individuals who were single at the time of their death in that year.

By Ethnicity

  • About 47% of singles in the U.S. are Black/African Americans, hence representing the highest number of single adults in the country.
  • 28% of singles in the U.S. are White or Caucasian.
  • 27% of Singles in the U.S. are of Hispanic origin.
Ethnicity% of Singles
Black/African Americans47%
White/Caucasian28%
Hispanic27%

By Marital Status

  • 66.93% of single adults in America have never entered a marriage institution. That makes up a total of about 89,028, 651 people representing the largest portion of single Americans.
  • 21.62% of single Americans are divorced. That is about 15,230,473 people who have divorced.
  • Approximately 11.45% of single adults in the U.S., which is roughly 15,230,473 people have lost their because of death.
Marital Status% of Singles
Never Married66.93%
Divorced21.62%
Widowed11.45%

By Age

  • 41% of single Americans are aged between 18-29 years, representing a huge number of young adults who are independent or on dating apps trying to find a partner.
  • 23% of single Americans are in the 31-49 age group. A significant number of adults in this group are married or have long-term partners.
  • 28% of singles in the U.S. are in the 50-64 age group. Most of the singles are either divorced or lost their partners due to death.
  • 36 % of single Americans are aged 65 years and above. In this group, you will find seniors who have made up their minds to remain single because of life circumstances or personal choices.
Age Group% Singles
18-2941%
30-4923%
50-6428%
65 and above36%

By Gender

The rate of single men and women in the U.S. is similar at 31%.

Gender% of Singles
Men31%
Women31%

By Education

  • 34% of single adults in the U.S. have completed their GED or High School Diploma, representing the highest number of singles who have attained this level of education.
  • 32% of single adults in the U.S. pursued higher education but are yet to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • 25% of American singles have completed a Bachelor’s degree.
Level Of Education% of Singles
High School Diploma/GED or less34%
Some College32%
Bachelor’s degree25%

Source: iusw.org, thrivingcenterofpsych.com, and Pewresearch.org.

How Many Are Looking For A Date

  • 53% of singles on the dating market are looking for either casual dates or long-term relationships.
  • 28% of singles on the dating market are looking for a long-term relationship only.
  • 20% of singles on the dating market are looking for casual dates only.
  • 36% of single women on the dating market are open to a committed relationship compared to 22% of men daters.
  • 24% of older daters are looking for casual dates compared to 15% of younger daters.
  • 25% of the widowed, separated, or divorced singles are looking for casual dates only.
  • 17% of the never-married daters are looking for casual dates only
  • 13% of those who are married or in a committed relationship are looking for casual dates.
  • 52% of those who are married are open to casual dates or committed relationships.
  • 24% of those who are married or in a committed relationship are looking for a relationship only.

Why Are People Single?

We’ve asked single people why they do not go on dates and here are the top 7 most used reasons:

ReasonsPercentage
Have other important priorities47%
I am very busy20%
Bad luck in the past18%
Feeling nobody is interested17%
Not ready17%
Too old17%
Health issues11%

Sources: thrivingcenterofpsych.com and iusw.org.

How Americans Feel About Being Single

  • 31% are not content with being single.
  • 69% are content with being single.
  • 47% are afraid of being alone forever.
  • 42% have felt judged for being single.

Fun facts about being single people

  • 76% do not trust family and friends to set them up on blind dates.
  • 53% said the more dates they go on, the more they love their pet.

Why Do We See More Singles

The trend of increasing singlehood in modern society is a complex phenomenon influenced by a variety of social, economic, and cultural factors. As we observe more individuals choosing to remain single or experiencing singleness at different stages of their lives, several key reasons emerge:

  1. Changing Social Norms: Traditional views on marriage and relationships have evolved. There’s a growing acceptance of diverse lifestyles, including the choice to remain single. The social pressure to marry and settle down is not as strong as it once was.
  2. Economic Independence: Increased financial independence, especially among women, allows more people to make lifestyle choices that don’t necessarily include marriage or long-term partnerships. Economic self-sufficiency offers the freedom to live singly if preferred.
  3. Career Prioritization: Many individuals prioritize career and personal development over starting a family or entering into long-term relationships. The rise in professional opportunities, especially in urban areas, often leads to delayed marriage and longer periods of singleness.
  4. Higher Education Levels: With more people pursuing higher education, the age at which individuals consider marriage has been pushed back. This extended period of education often translates into extended singleness.
  5. Technological Impact: The rise of online dating and social media has transformed the way people connect and form relationships. While these platforms increase the opportunity to meet potential partners, they also facilitate a more transient and selective approach to dating, sometimes prolonging singleness.
  6. Changing Attitudes Toward Sexuality and Cohabitation: There’s less stigma now around premarital sex and living together before marriage. These cultural shifts mean that people can have meaningful relationships without the official label of marriage.
  7. Delayed Life Milestones: Many life milestones such as buying a house, having children, and marriage are happening later in life. This delay often means longer periods of being single.
  8. Personal Choice and Freedom: Simply put, more people find value in the freedom and personal growth that comes with being single. There’s a greater emphasis on individual fulfillment that might not align with traditional partnership or marriage.

This shift towards more singles is indicative of broader societal changes and personal choices. It reflects a world where the concept of a fulfilling life is no longer one-size-fits-all but diverse and individualistic.