American Couples Get ‘More Selective’

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

U.S. couples living together and getting choosier about their prospective spouses is leading more people to delay marriage.

Almost 47 percent of women from 25 to 29 had never been married in 2009, almost double the 26 percent reported in 1986, according to a Census Bureau report released today.

Based on a survey taken since 1986, the increase in the age of couples at their first marriage is “one of the most noticeable changes in marital patterns,” according to the report.

“As marriage rates have decreased and cohabitation has become more common, marriage has become more selective of adults who are better off socioeconomically and have more education,” the report said.

Source (full article): Bloomberg

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