No Reversal in Decline of Marriage

Nov 20, 2012

The recent decline in the number of Americans getting married shows no signs of reversing.  In 2011, 4.2 million adults were newly married, about the same number as in 2010 and sharply lower than the 4.5 million newlyweds estimated in 2008.

These estimates come from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, which began asking respondents in 2008 whether they had been married, divorced or widowed in the previous 12 months.

The decline in nuptials from 2008 to 2011 is in keeping with a general trend away from marriage in the U.S. Barely half of adults (51%) were married in 2011, according to ACS data, compared with 72% in 1960. Marriage increasingly is being replaced by cohabitation, single-person households and other adult living arrangements.

Read the full article, No Reversal in Decline of Marriage, on the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends Project website.
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