15 Jan '11, 1am

Young single females may be on the rise but Singapore women are not saying no to marriage, just tying the knot later

THE proportion of young single females may be on the rise but Singapore women are not saying no to marriage. Scholars whom The Straits Times interviewed said results from the Census 2010 survey released this week show that women, especially the better-educated ones, are tying the knot, albeit at a later age. The postponement of marriage among women, however, may cause fertility rates to dip and bring about a fast-ageing population. The jump in singles is sharpest among women aged between 25 and 29, with the proportion climbing from 45.5 per cent in 2000 to 62 per cent last year. The proportion of single women between 35 and 44, and with tertiary qualifications, however, fell in the same period. For women with a university degree, the proportion of singles dropped from 29.1 per cent to 24.8 per cent in the 35-39 age group, and from 26.7 per cent to 23.5 per cent in the 40-4...

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