Thursday, May 19, 2011

Marriage Study - #2912 - Number of Long-Lasting Marriages in U.S. Has Risen Census Bureau Reports - Washington Post

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. Three in four couples who married after 1990 celebrated a 10-year anniversary, according to census statistics reported Wednesday. That was a rise of three percentage points compared with couples who married in the early 1980s, when the nation’s divorce rate was at its highest. 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......Researchers increasingly are finding a connection between marriage and education. In 2009, 31 percent of brides had a college degree, up from 21 percent in 1996.....The Marriage Project has found that people without a college degree are three times as likely to divorce in the first 10 years as those with a college degree......Most Americans marry once and stick to it. According to the census statistics, more than half of the nation’s married couples have been together at least 15 years. About a third have marked their 25th anniversaries, and 6 percent have been married more than 50 years. Read entire article..... AW: Please read fascinating article, full of surprising statistics, one you will want to share with those who may think marriage is outdated and on the way out.  The examples and role models couples have in their families make a significant difference.

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