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Barely Half of U.S. Adults Married - A Record Low.

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Cohn, D'Vera.
Passel, Jeffrey.
Wang, Wendy.
Livingston, Gretchen.
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This report, from the Pew Research Center, highlights how marriage rates and other factors related to marriage have changed in recent years. There was a 5% decline in the number of marriages between 2009 and 2010, fewer Americans are married (51% in 2010 compared to 72% in 1960), and other adult living arrangements (e.g., cohabitation or living single) are growing more prevalent. The average age for first marriages has increased for both men and women, especially for those who are educated/go to college. Attitudes toward marriage have shifted, with more people in 2010 believing that marriage is outdated compared to those in the 1970s, although this belief may vary by demographic characteristics (e.g., age, ethnicity, education level, marital status). Despite such attitudes, most adults still have the desire to marry. Based on these trends, more individuals may be in committed relationships outside of wedlock, especially those in their early 20s. These individuals may or may not be moving toward marriage, but may still find relationship education and support beneficial.

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