Date
26 September 2017
The number of women aged 35 or above who have never been married reached about 266,000 last year, double that in 2001, while the number of men in the same status increased 40 percent to about 256,000 during the period. Photo: HKEJ
The number of women aged 35 or above who have never been married reached about 266,000 last year, double that in 2001, while the number of men in the same status increased 40 percent to about 256,000 during the period. Photo: HKEJ

Number of unmarried HK women soars as gender imbalance worsens

Hong Kong saw more unmarried women last year, continuing the trend that has lasted more than a decade as gender imbalance in the city keeps worsening and the number of women in the labor force keeps increasing.

In its report Women and Men in Hong Kong – Key Statistics (2017 Edition) published on Thursday, the Census and Statistics Department said Hong Kong’s population was about 7.3 million last year, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

From 2011, the number of women grew by 192,600 to over 3.96 million last year, while that of men increased by 72,400 to 3.37 million over the same period, the report said.

Excluding foreign domestic helpers that totaled about 350,000, that translated to 925 males for every 1,000 females, compared to 971 males 10 years ago.

As the trend of imbalance continues, the study found Hong Kong people are getting married later in life, with the median age at first marriage for women reaching 29.4 last year, while that for men was 31.4, both of which were the highest since 1981.

The number of women aged 35 or above who have never been married reached about 266,000 last year, double that in 2001, while the number of men in the same status increased 40 percent to about 256,000 during the period, statistics show.

The report attributed the fact of late marriage to people spending more years in education and therefore starting careers later as well as more women joining the labor force.

The difference in median monthly employment earnings between men and women was still large last year: HK$14,000 for women and HK$18,000 for men.

A total of 1.92 million women were in the labor force last year, up 10 percent from 2011, while that of men only rose 2.7 percent to 1.99 million, Apple Daily reported, citing the census report.

Meanwhile, the average life expectancy as of last year was 81.3 years for men and 87.3 years for women, both record highs.

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