SEJONG, Dec. 19 (Korea Bizwire) – More than 35 percent of thirtysomethings in South Korea remained unmarried last year amid a widespread late marriage trend in the country, census data showed Monday.
According to the 2015 census by Statistics Korea, out of 42.7 million people aged 15 or over, 13.4 million, or 31.3 percent, were single, up from 30.6 percent five years earlier.
At the same time, the percentage of unmarried people in their 30s reached 36.3 percent in 2015, up 7.1 percentage points from 2010 data. The figure has been on a sharp rise since 2000, when it was about 13 percent.
By gender, 28.1 percent of women in their 30s remained unmarried, with single males accounting for 44.2 percent of the age group.
The data showed that women with higher educational background get married less than others, as 18.9 percent of university graduates and 23.4 percent of those who have master’s degrees were single, while only 9.4 percent of females aged over 30 were unmarried.