We have days to commemorate Moms, Dads, Grandparents…

Of course, they say every day is Children’s Day!

But did you realize that this is “Unmarried and Single Americans Week?’

“National Singles Week’ was started by the Buckeye Singles Council in Ohio in 1984 to celebrate single life and recognize singles and their contributions to society. The name was later broadened to “Unmarried and Single Americans Week,’ as an acknowledgment that many unmarried Americans do not identify with the word “single’ because they are parents, have partners or are widowed. According to the Census Bureau, 60% of unmarried and single Americans 18 and older have never been married, while 25% are divorced, and 15% are widowed.

Nearly half (42%) of all U.S. residents 18 and older were single in 2006. More than half (54%) of those singles are women.

The Census Bureau says that there were 5 million unmarried-partner households in 2006. There are 30.5 million people who live alone, 27% of all households, up from 17% in 1970.

You can find more information about Unmarried and Single Americans at http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/010329.html