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Census Bureau: Marriages Lasting Longer

May 19, 2011 by  

Census Bureau: Marriages Lasting Longer

According to a report released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more married Americans are staying together for longer amounts of time.

An article on WashingtonPost.com read: “Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to census statistics reported Wednesday. That was a rise of 3 percentage points compared with couples who married in the early 1980s, when the nation’s divorce rate was at its highest.”

“Marriage has become a much more selective institution in today’s society,” said W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, in an interview with The Post. “People who are college-educated, more affluent or more religious are more likely to get married and stay married. People who are not are less likely to get married in the first place, and if they do marry, they’re more likely to divorce.”

The report shows about one in four marriages ends in divorce, which is down from the 1980s zenith. However, fewer Americans are choosing to get married in the first place.

“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,” the article read.

 

 

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