Monday, July 22, 2013

US marriage rate 31. lowst ovr century. 31 marriage/1000 unmarried wmn. rate 90.2 In1950. India wake up... Meanwhile, the divorce rate in the United States is still high, with 15 percent of women separated or divorced. In 1920, that number was less than one percent

Marriage rate in the US hits a new low

Meanwhile, the divorce rate remains high.

By Kristin Wong 

Fewer women than ever are getting married. And others are postponing wedded bliss even longer a new reports finds. The marriage rate in America has been declining steadily since the 1970s, and now, it's hit a new low.

According to a press release from Bowling Green State University, "the U.S. marriage rate is 31.1, the lowest it's been in over a century. That equals roughly 31 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women." In 1950, the rate was 90.2.

(Note: The above number is not a percentage.)

Marriage rates at a new low / CostinT/Getty Images

The report comes from the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green. They found that the average age for women at first marriage is 27, the highest it's been in over a century.

Meanwhile, the divorce rate in the United States is still high, with 15 percent of women separated or divorced. In 1920, that number was less than one percent.

"The divorce rate remains high in the U.S., and individuals today are less likely to remarry than they were in the past," the University said in a statement. "[Marriage is] just one of an array of options. Increasingly, many couples choose to cohabit and still others prefer to remain single."

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