snoqueen wrote:Geez, Making it clear to 65 and staying single the whole time was more of a feat than I realized!
The census bureau has stats on timing of marriage here
. For white women, in their 60s, about 4% to 5% have never married. So, yes, you're in a select group. Of course, what matters is whether people are happy with their circumstances.
I just noticed something kind of odd in the data. I'm looking at the numbers for people in the category "married once, and still married". It seems like you'd expect that number to peak some time in, say, the 30s, and then decline as people get older (because the more time goes by, the more chance there is for divorce/widowing).
That's exactly what you see with women -- the percentage that are "married once, still married" peaks at age 35-39, and then drops.
But for men, the number peaks at 35-39, drops slightly through their 50s, then begins increasing again. For us white males, more of us are "married once, still married" in our 70s than in our 40s.
I'm scratching my head over that. All I can think of is that men in long-term, stable, first
marriages must tend to live longer.
From their 60s to their 70s, the proportion of men who were never married, or divorced, or divorced and remarried, all drop. The only categories that increase (percentagewise) are widowers (understandably) and guys who are still married to their first wives.
That seems kind of interesting.