Monday, November 3, 2014

Cultural Suicide Alert: Never-Married Americans at Record High

Marriage rates in the United States have been declining for decades and the share of adults who have never wed is now at a record high.

(NewsMax) In 2012, 1 in 5 Americans ages 25 and older, about 42 million people, had never been married, according to a Pew Research Center analysis based on the most recent Census Bureau figures.

In 1960, just 9 percent of Americans in that age range had never been married.

Men are more likely than women to have never been married — 23 percent of men and 17 percent of women hadn't wed in 2012, compared to 10 percent of men and 8 percent of women in 1960.

"The dramatic rise in the share of never-married adults and the emerging gender gap are related to a variety of factors," Pew observed. "Adults are marrying later in life, and the shares of adults cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage have increased significantly."

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Posted By: Chris Carmouche