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More young people in Singapore staying single

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More Singapore residents in their mid to late 20s are staying single, with most putting their career before marriage, said experts.

They make up 70 percent of the people in their age group last year, a sharp rise from 50 percent about 15 years ago, the latest General Household Survey shows, Charissa Yong writes for The Straits Times.

Their decision to delay marriage has hurt the country's fertility rates, and more needs to be done to get them to find partners earlier in life, said sociologists interviewed yesterday.

"One reason we are concerned is that if a woman marries past the age of 25 to 29, it will not be as easy for her to conceive naturally or have a larger family," said National University of Singapore (NUS) sociologist Paulin Straughan.

The decision not to get hitched is as prevalent among men as women in the 25-29 age group, often viewed as mature enough to marry.

Proportionally, their numbers have been rising steadily in the last 15 years, government surveys and the population census show.

In 2000, bachelors formed 64.2 percent of their cohort, rising to 70.6 percent (2005), 74.6 percent (2010) and 81.2 percent (2015). The corresponding figures for women are 40.2 percent (2000), 46.3 percent (2005), 54 percent (2010) and 63 percent (2015). But as they grow older, many do get married.

The latest household survey shows the proportion of married people among the resident population of citizens and permanent residents has hardly changed in the last 15 years. Overall, it hovers around two-thirds of the population.

You can read the whole story here on The Straits Times.

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