The cost of being single adds up for women

  • Article by: Chiara Atik HowAboutWe.com
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Single women pay more over their lifetime for taxes, health care and housing.

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svictoriaMar. 20, 13 8:20 PM

I'd rather stay single than deal with what many men have to offer anymore.

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swurzerMar. 20, 1310:38 PM

Why is this article about single women? What about single men? All of the extra costs mentioned apply equally to men. What is the point of this article being exclusively about women?

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drfranktMar. 21, 13 6:42 AM

A single woman earning $40,000 per year paid $245,000 in income taxes. A single woman earning $80,000 per year paid $645,000 in income taxes. A single woman earning only 2x more pays almost 3x more in taxes. Apparently she is part of the "evil rich!" Or, is she not paying her "fair share?"

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voxrationisMar. 21, 13 8:29 AM

Before we cry too much, consider this: the vast majority of married women have children - and child-bearing and child-rearing are VERY expensive! Doctors, diapers, daycare, food, clothes, phones, insurance, housing, school supplies, field trips, vacations, college -- the list goes on and on. Estimates are that each child costs about $1 million to raise. Since average married women has more than 2 children, the average single person - even after the so-called costs associated with being single - comes out MORE THAN $1 MILLION AHEAD.

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hmmohwaitMar. 21, 13 9:25 AM

This information is not complete. If a woman has been married over 10 years and then divorces, she will receive Social Security benefits similar to the married woman based on the spouses income, if she remains single. There also is no information on whether they are including all single women, including those who have children, in the comparison to single men.

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commonsens4uMar. 21, 13 9:45 AM

What is the point of this article? Everyone knows that it's more cost effective to be married. Then you split all your bills: housing, insurance, food, autos, utilities, etc. Obviously it will cost less if you're splitting your bills than if you're paying for everything yourself. It has nothing to do with being a woman or a man.

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amcgraneMar. 21, 1312:22 PM

Why is this article about just single women? Single men face the exact same finical problems.

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member11Mar. 21, 1312:46 PM

Government needs to get its nose out of marriage entirely. All it should be able to do is recognize civil unions for purposes of access to spouses in health care facilities and transfer of assets in estate proceedings. No special benefits for marriage whatsoever, it's called separation of church and state.

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emh1701Mar. 21, 13 5:25 PM

Compared to what? What if a single woman rents her whole life instead of buying a house? What if she never gets sick and simply dies at 99, or whatever, of old age? Since this study does not give the full details of what exactly was compared, I find it hard to buy. We are not all meant to be married. Also, I have to agree with another commenter. Why were men not studied? Is this to imply that single women should just marry whomever, even if we don't love that person? That's rather outdated, don't you think? Marrying just for the sake of marrying isn't a good thing. And what about the cost of having kids? That adds up.

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elle2008Mar. 21, 13 8:35 PM

After reading the comments I can simply state that single men do have the same problem that woman have but this article is about woman. As for children, children are a choice. I have four kids and if that means I am poorer, it is because I made the choice to have them. Some of my counterparts have no children and have second homes, go on great vacations and get to go out to eat alot. Why should I get any special treatment because I choose to have children?

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