DALLAS, TEXAS—If you don't have a husband or wife at home, you should be celebrating this week. The third full week of September has been dedicated to Americans who are unmarried and single. Whether you've never been married, are divorced, or widowed this week is all about you.
The goal of 'Unmarried Singles Americans Week' is to celebrate and recognize solo Americans. New census figures shows unmarried Americans are a big part of the population, and those who work with singles locally say more and more a unattached by choice.
"I think it`s great to recognize it. I think people have put it as like it`s a negative," said `It`s Just Lunch` Senior Director Gayle Marie Jones.
Jones makes a living hooking people up. But she thinks taking time to celebrate life as a single is important too.
"Appreciate being who you are, you learn a lot about yourself, when you are single and you`re meeting different people," said `It`s Just Lunch` Senior Director Gayle Marie Jones.
Jones says the clients she works with are happy with their lives and just aren't interested in wasting their time.
"People are getting married later in life and if it doesn't work out and they`re not happy, they`re not staying together," said Jones.
In fact, the U.S. Census Bureau stats on singles in America may surprise you.
There are 99 million unmarried Americans 18 and older, 61 percent of adults have never been married. And there are 88 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women.
We found a bunch of unmarried Dallas residents eager to give their two cents on their week of recognition.
'It`s good not being in drama, and just being by yourself, it`s better than being with somebody else," said Unmarried Dallas resident Paulina Quintero.
"So does that mean I can go out and buy a new pair of shoes this week, celebrate?" said Unmarried Dallas resident Amy Baumiller.
Jones says it's great to have a special week, but the best thing thing to do is just keep living life.
" I think it`s just a matter of being single and enjoy it, embrace it," said Jones.
So if you're single, go treat yourself to something nice. It's your week. It ends on Saturday.