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New York Leads Country With Most Women Who Have Never Been Married

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According to a study done by the American Community Survey, women in New York state hold the highest percentage, 34.8 percent, of women who have never been married in the country. At the other end of the spectrum, Wyoming has the least amount with 20.7 percent.

New York City specific numbers jump to 41.7 percent for never married women, up from 38.7 percent documented in 2006.

WNYC takes a closer look into the numbers:

  • Number of unmarried mothers in the city has risen to 37 percent up from 33.5 percent in 2009.
  • Asian women are most likely to have been married, as opposed to black women, 51 percent of whom have never been married.
  • 46.7 percent of New York City men have never been married, up from 43.4 percent back in 2006.

Should New Yorkers begin following the advice of outspoken Millionaire Matchmaker Patti Stanger, who recently started a bit of controversy by suggesting New York women needed to 'dumb it down' in order to bag a husband? She told the hosts of New York Live:

Women are smart in business and dumb in love. They won't date outside their zip code, let alone outside the city. They are city snobs. Real men that are making money in this economy are buying homes in short sales and foreclosures out in the suburbs, getting their homestead set up for their families, and [women say] 'I won't go to Connecticut.' This is where the men are.

Hm, well before you hop on the next Metro-North train up to Connecticut, we say, relax and embrace your educated minds! According to the Council of Contemporary Families, educated women are much more likely to be in happy, fulfilling marriages than less educated women. Plus, Andrew Cherlin, a professor at John Hopkins University says that young adults out South and West of the country tend to have less education and marry earlier and are thus more likely to get a divorce than those in the Northeast, who opt for later marriages.