Friday, May 20, 2011

Fewer Get Married, but Stay Married: Census

A new U.S. Census report shows that fewer Americans are getting married, or choosing to do so later in life, and so the divorce rate is on the decline.

Read about Defeating Marriage & Destroying Family: Survey and also read White House Torpedoed Marriage from Start

UPDATE 8/25/11: More marry/divorce in south, fewer in northeast, says census

-- From "U.S. marriages last longer, fewer divorces" posted at UPI 5/19/11

Although 30 percent of U.S. adults have never been married, those who are married are staying together longer than couples used to, census officials say.

The U.S. Census report -- using 2008 data of men and women age 15 and older in about 39,000 households -- indicates 55 percent of currently married couples had been married for at least 15 years, while 35 percent had reached their 25th anniversary and 6 percent passed their 50th wedding anniversary.

Seventy-two percent of both spouses in recorded marriages were in their first marriage; 6 percent of marriages included a wife in her second marriage and husband in his first; 8 percent a husband in his second marriage and wife in her first; and 8 percent had both spouses in their second marriage, the report says. One percent of the married couple consisted of a husband and wife who had both been married three or more times.

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From "Number of long-lasting marriages in U.S. has risen, Census Bureau reports" by Carol Morello, Washington Post 5/18/11

Americans may be postponing marriage, and fewer are wedding at all. But what about the people who do get married? They’re staying together longer than they have in years.

One reason for the increase, said demographers and sociologists who study families, is that people are marrying later in life, after they have completed their education. Not only are they more mature, but they also are more financially secure.

Nearly a third of adults never marry at all. That number has marched upward in every age group over the past decade and a half.

In 1986, one in four people ages 25 to 29 had never married. In 2009, that was true of almost half in that age group. The number of adults 50 to 54 who have never married also jumped during the same time period to one in 10.

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From "American Couples Get ‘More Selective’" by Frank Bass, Bloomberg 5/18/11

The New Milford, Connecticut-based group’s 4,000 wedding planners are seeing fewer brides in their late 20s, Davey said in a telephone interview. Couples are waiting longer to get married because they’re living together first, she said, and often must save money to pay for their wedding.

About 27 percent of women from 30 to 34 reported never having been married in 2009, almost doubling the 14 percent who hadn’t been married in 1986. The percentage of women older than 55 who had never married rose to 5.8 from 4.8 percent in that period.

The median age at first marriage in 1950 was 23 for men and 20 for women. It’s now 28 for men and 26 for women, the Census Bureau said.

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From "Americans Still Choosing Marriage, Census Figures Show" by Alison Matheson, Christian Post Correspondent 5/20/11

And although the figures show that people are marrying later in life, more marriages are lasting, with 75 percent of those marrying since 1990 making it to their 10th anniversary – around three percent higher than in the early 1980s when the nation saw its highest divorce rates.

These percentages are around one to two percentage points higher than they were in 1996, reflecting the leveling of divorce rates and increases in life expectancy.

While 18.8 percent of 25- to 29-year-olds who had been married were divorced in 1996, the percentage dropped to 13.8 percent in 2009. For 30- to 34-year-old women, the rate of divorce dropped from 25.6 to 21.3 percent. The divorce rate among older women (50 years and over), however, increased. Overall, 21 percent of men and 22 percent of women had ever been divorced.

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