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Overall, it hovers around two-thirds of the population.
The main reason young people are not marrying earlier is because more are better educated and choose to focus on their careers, said Associate Professor Straughan and NUS sociologist Tan Ern Ser.
Said Prof Straughan: "The pressure to perform is very strong as the rewards of employment are immediate.
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"But if you invest time to find a life partner, nobody's going to praise you." Having enough money to set up home and start a family is also a concern for some like legal counsel Lionel Liu, 29, who plans to get married to his girlfriend in a few years.
More Singapore residents in their mid to late 20s are staying single, with most putting their career before marriage, said experts.
They make up 70 per cent of the people in their age group last year, a sharp rise from 50 per cent about 15 years ago, the latest General Household Survey shows.Their decision to delay marriage has hurt the country's fertility rates, and more needs to be done to get them to find partners earlier in life, said sociologists interviewed yesterday."One reason we are concerned is that if a woman marries past the age of 25 to 29, it will not be as easy for her to conceive naturally or have a larger family," said National University of Singapore (NUS) sociologist Paulin Straughan.The decision not to get hitched is as prevalent among men as women in the 25-29 age group, often viewed as mature enough to marry.Proportionally, their numbers have been rising steadily in the last 15 years, government surveys and the population census show.CAREER FIRST The pressure to perform is very strong as the rewards of employment are immediate.