Fully 43% of adults (87 million people) say they are single. century with a swing towards marriage in the 1950s and 1960s.

These data generally align with findings from a 50,000-household survey conducted by the U. Marriage rates then receded as the ranks of both the widowed and the never-married increased.

When singles who are actively looking for partners were asked about the dating scene where they live, a majority of those actively seeking dates (55%) said it was difficult to meet people.

Only 43% said it was easy, while 2% said they didn’t know.

Only 16% of single Americans say they are hunting for a partner.

That group represents 7% of the entire adult population.

While a sizable segment of the population is single, about a quarter of unmarried Americans (26% or about 23 million adults) say they are in committed romantic relationships.

Single men are more likely than single women to report being so situated.

About half (49%) had been on no more than one date in the previous three months.

These findings emerge from a national survey conducted last fall by the Pew Internet & American Life Project looking at the place of online dating in the larger picture of relationships in America.

By the same token, substantially more urbanites who are looking for dates (58%) find it easy to meet people in their communities than do suburbanites and rural residents.