Marriage Rates the Year You Were Born

The Budget Savvy Bride

It may seem more people than ever are getting married. In 1967, interracial marriage was legalized at the federal level; in 2015, same-sex marriage achieved the same victory.

If you’re a late-20s-something professional, the seven wedding invitations on your fridge certainly imply more marriages than ever are happening. The data tells a different story.

Marriage Rates the Year You Were Born

Marriage rates in the United States are on the decline. Marriage used to be an inevitability, but increasingly attitudes towards marriage reflect skepticism about its longevity and relative importance. If nothing else, people are putting it off: Pew reports that 20% of 18-29 year olds were married in 2010, compared with 59% in 1960.

Youthful disdain is not married to matrimony. More young adults now return home after college and buy houses and cars later in life than their parents did. Financial instability could be a contributing factor: college is more expensive than ever, and many report feeling the job market is especially bleak.

Population: 106,461,000 Number of Marriages: 1,274,000 Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.0%


Population: 180,760,000 Number of Marriages: 1,523,000 Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%


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