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Kind of good news Charlotte- we’re right in the middle for the number of single millennials in the city. With over 72 million, millennials—people born between 1981 and 1996—are now the largest generation in the U.S. Millennials account for about 22% of the population. Millennials have shown a different  approach to marriage compared to older generations. In fact, the median age at first marriage has been increasing for decades. This means that the majority of millennials are actually not married. (And I breathe a sigh of relief as a fellow Charlotte single millenial). In fact, more than a third of millennials are neither married or even living with an unmarried partner, according to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau (as reported by Patch.com).

In 1950, the median age at first marriage was 20.3 for women and 22.8 for men. By 2020 that had increased to 28.1 for women and 30.5 for men. The result is that currently only about 44% of millennials are married, compared to 53% of Gen Xers, 61% of Baby Boomers, and a whopping 81% of Silents when they were similar ages.

  • Percentage of millennials that are single
  • Gender ratio among millennials
  • Millennial share of the population
  • Employment rate among single millennials (compared to average)
  • Median adjusted income for full-time millennials
  • Food and entertainment rank

Only the 150 largest metropolitan areas were included in the analysis. Metros were then ranked based on their final composite score.

The analysis found that millennials make up 22.1% of the Charlotte metro population. And in total, 35.4% of Charlotte millennials are single. Here is a summary of the data for the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro area:

  • Composite score: 57.0
  • Percentage of millennials that are single: 35.4%
  • Gender ratio among millennials: 6.0% more women
  • Millennial share of the population: 22.1%
  • Employment rate among single millennials (compared to average): +4.0%
  • Median adjusted income for full-time millennials: $44,492
  • Food and entertainment rank: 76

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Composite score: N/A
  • Percentage of millennials that are single: 34.3%
  • Gender ratio among millennials: 1.2% more men
  • Millennial share of the population: 21.8%
  • Employment rate among single millennials: 80.8%
  • Median adjusted income for full-time millennials: $44,000
  • Food and entertainment rank: N/A

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results, you can find the original report on Porch’s website: https://porch.com/advice/best-cities-for-single-millennials