Census: Fewer Early Marriages, More Longer-Lasting Marriages

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Census reports later marriage, more long-lasting marriages

Newly-released census data has shown that among people in their late 20s, a higher proportion of people have never been married. In 1986, the first year that marriage data was collected by the Census, 73% of people between the ages of 25 and 29 had been married at some point. As of 2009, however, that number is 53%.

The reasons are easy to identify: many people are choosing to get married later on in life, and society is more accepting these days of couples living together without being married.

The data also shows that married people are staying together longer nowadays than they did in the mid-80s. 75% of couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10th anniversary, which is a rise of 3 percentage points compared with couples who married in the early ‘80s, when the nation’s divorce rate was at its highest.

Sociologists point also to later marriage and more educated women as being connected to more stable marriages – 21% of brides in 1996 had a college degree, compared to31% in 2009. Perhaps the reasoning is that people who enter into marriage when they have more personal and financial stability are more likely to have the motivation to “make it work.”

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