There will soon be fewer men than women in the U.S., figured the Census Bureau. For 33 years the proportion of U.S. males to females has narrowed. Each year, with 100,000 fewer men, the U.S. has acquired 100,000 more spinsters. In 1910, men outnumbered women by 2,800,000. Soon — some time this year — women will be in the majority, regardless of war casualties. The U.S. will then be classed by census experts as an "elder" nation (in a "youthful" nation, men predominate).

One explanation: in three and a half decades, science has...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!