Profile America: Bachelor Tax

Wednesday, December 20th. Throughout history, bachelors have had to put up with a lot of pressure from friends, family and society in general. They tend to be stereotyped, and for years, many television sitcoms have portrayed their supposedly dissolute lives. But no insult can rival that enacted in Missouri on this date 1820, when the legislature voted to tax bachelors between the ages of 21 and 50, $1 a year — just for being unmarried. Obviously, the tax did not stand the test of time or legality.

Today, around 35 percent of males over age 15 have never been married, compared with over 29 percent of females. Together, they number around 83 million people, nearly a quarter of the total population of close to 325 million.

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