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The percentage of the 1,232,105 owner-occupied homes in the state owned by single women in the latest 2022 U.S. Census data was 15.19% while 10.71% were owned by single men, according to Census data compiled by?Lending Tree.

Louisiana has the second-highest percentage of households owned and occupied by single women in the U.S. and one of the highest gaps between single women and single men, data shows.

The percentage of the 1,232,105 owner-occupied homes in the state owned by single women in the latest 2022 U.S. Census data was 15.19% while 10.71% were owned by single men, according to Census data compiled by Lending Tree.

Only Delaware had a higher percentage of homes owned and occupied by single women at 15.34%. Mississippi was third at 14.84%.

Single women had a 4.48-percentage-point edge on single men in Louisiana, which was fifth-highest in the country. Delaware, with 9.45% of its homes owned and occupied by single men, had the largest gap.

Across the country, single women own 2.71 million more homes than single men, an increase in 70,000 homes from 2021, a report from Realtor.com indicated. More single women than single men owned homes in all states but Alaska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Home ownership, one source noted, is often more important to women. Single women, according to the Lending Tree report, are often more willing to make sacrifices than single men to become a homeowner.

“Women seem to be very interested in homeownership, and the data suggest that they have been more successful at becoming homeowners without a spouse,” said Realtor.com chief economist Danielle Hale. “Without getting too gender stereotypical here, I suspect it’s because they’re more determined and likely place a higher priority on having a home.”

Email Adam Daigle at adaigle@theadvocate.com.