The U.S. Census, in a first of its kind report, has named North Dakota as the top place in the country for successful marriages, reports the Daily Mail.
The article notes that States in the South and West often have higher numbers of reported marriages (19 per 1000), though a record number of those also end in divorce (10 per 1000).
“Surprisingly, the South and West, which we think of as more socially conservative, have higher rates of divorce than does the supposedly liberal East,” said Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology and public policy at Johns Hopkins University, reasoning less education and more couples marrying at a younger age was to blame.
Overall, since 1970, the median age at first marriage increased in the U.S. from 22.5 years to 28.4 for men and from 20.6 years to 26.5 for women.
According to USA Today, the Census also discovered new facts about childbirth in the country. A recent story states that babies of ethnic or racial minorities now make up just under half of the total number of children born in the U.S. Only 50.2 percent of children born are white, according to the Census, remarkably lower than the 57.6 percent 10 years ago.
Minorities have been the majority in Texas and California nurseries for more than two decades and the number of States where minorities dominate has grown from seven to 14 in the past 10 years. Steady growth in the number of young U.S. Hispanics who have more children than whites is shrinking the number of non-Hispanic whites and changing the meaning of the word minority.