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More Single Women Own Houses Than Single Men Do

More single women than single men own homes, despite persisting challenges such as the gender pay gap, where women earn approximately 83.1 cents for every dollar earned by men. What factors are driving this trend? This article explores the broader context, looks at which states lead in single-women homeownership, and provides insightful tips for prospective female homebuyers.

What The Statistics Say

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Data from the U.S. Census Bureau, as of 2022, unveils a significant trend: single women own 58% of nearly 35.2 million homes owned by unmarried Americans. In contrast, single men own 42% of these homes. This data paints a clear picture of the current scenario, but what are the underlying factors influencing these homeownership patterns and their historical context?

Demographic Dynamics

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The demographics of homeownership among single Americans have evolved over time. In 2000, single women owned 64% of almost 25 million homes owned by unmarried Americans, whereas single men owned 36%. This fluctuation underscores the dynamic nature of the gender gap in homeownership.

Age Considerations

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Age plays a significant role in homeownership, particularly among older demographics. 

The homeownership advantage that single women currently hold over single men is influenced more by their numbers than their economic power. This is particularly true among older Americans, who are more likely to own a home.

For instance, approximately 70% of single household heads aged 65 and older own their homes, compared to 44% among those aged 35 to 44. Among unmarried household heads aged 65 or older, there are approximately 6 million more women than men. The demographic skew can be attributed to factors such as longer life expectancies among women, resulting in a higher proportion of older women in the population.

Economic Realities

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Despite outnumbering single men in homeownership, economic factors paint a nuanced picture. Women, on average, earn approximately 88% of what men earn. The median income for households headed by single women ($49,400) is notably lower than that of households led by single men ($61,700) as of 2019, indicating economic disparities that impact homeownership.

Bridging the Gender Gap

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The gender gap in homeownership among single Americans has gradually narrowed in recent years, particularly among older age groups. Currently, women account for about two-thirds of single household heads aged 65 and older, down from three-quarters in 2000. This shift may be attributed to changes in life expectancy and economic empowerment among younger female buyers.

Regional Insights

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Certain U.S. areas exhibit noteworthy trends in single-women homeownership. In states like Louisiana, Alabama, and South Carolina, the gender gap in homeownership is relatively larger compared to states like North Dakota, Wyoming, and South Dakota, where the gap is minimal or even in favor of single men.


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  • Owner-occupied households: 1,202,510
  • Households owned by single women: 15.16%
  • Households owned by single men: 10.94%
  • Gender gap: 4.22%


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  • Owner-occupied households: 1,379,476
  • Households owned by single women: 14.98%
  • Households owned by single men: 10.85%
  • Gender gap: 4.13%

South Carolina

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  • Owner-occupied households: 1,473,543
  • Households owned by single women: 14.84%
  • Households owned by single men: 10.65%
  • Gender gap: 4.19%

North Dakota

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  • · Owner-occupied households: 204,325
  • ·  Households owned by single men: 12.70%
  • ·  Households owned by single women: 11.08%
  • ·  Gender gap: -1.62%


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  • Owner-occupied households: 173,177
  • Households owned by single men: 12.06%
  • Households owned by single women: 12.45%
  • Gender gap: 0.39%

South Dakota

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  • ·  Owner-occupied households: 243,363
  • ·  Households owned by single men: 11.97%
  • ·  Households owned by single women: 11.29%
  • ·  Gender gap: -0.68%

Empowering Women in Homebuying

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For women navigating the homebuying process, it’s crucial to take proactive steps:

  • Mortgage Shopping: Compare mortgage rates from different lenders to secure favorable terms.
  • Financial Planning: Assess your financial situation thoroughly to ensure homeownership aligns with your budget.
  • Know Your Rights: Familiarize yourself with anti-discrimination laws to address any gender-based discrimination during the homebuying journey.

The Takeaway

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The rise of single women in homeownership reflects a com Arplex interplay of demographic shifts, economic realities, and societal dynamics. While women currently lead in homeownership, ongoing trends suggest a dynamic landscape subject to change. Empowering women with knowledge and resources is important in ensuring continued progress in homeownership equality.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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