marriage statistics

Marriage Statistics

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Marriage Statistics : United States Data
Annual number of U.S. marriages 2,077,000
Marriage rate 6.8 per 1,000
Divorce rate 3.4 per 1,000
Percent Currently Married by Race and Sex Percent Married
White Men 44 %
White Women 51 %
Black Men 32 %
Black Women 26 %
Hispanic Men 43 %
Hispanic Women 45 %
Marriages by Education Level Percent of Marriages
No High School Diploma 28 %
High School Diploma or GED 26 %
Some College 21 %
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher 11 %
Religion in Marriage Statistics Percent
Percent of married women who say religion is very important 60.1 %
Percent of married men who say religion is very important 50.9 %
Percent of married women who say religion is not important 36.3 %
Percent of married men who say religion is not important 35.4 %
First Marriage Survival (Probability of lasting more than 10 years) Probability
Probability that a first marriage will survive 10 years 6.6 % - 1 in 15
If there was no birth during marriage 3.7 % - 1 in 27
If there was a birth before marriage 6.5 % - 1 in 15
If there was a birth 0-7 months after marriage 7.4 % - 1 in 13
If there was a birth 8+ months after marriage 7.9 % - 1 in 12
Cohabitation Leading to Marriage Statistics Probability
Probability a first time cohabitation will lead to marriage within 1 year 2.1 % - 1 in 47
Probability a first time cohabitation will lead to marriage within 3 years 4.3 % - 1 in 23
Probability a first time cohabitation will lead to marriage within 5 years 5.7 % - 1 in 17
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Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them. Major social changes in Western countries have led to changes in the demographics of marriage, with the age of first marriage increasing, fewer people marrying, and more couples choosing to cohabit rather than marry.

Statistic Verification
Source: CDC, National Survey of Family Growth
Research Date: February 16th, 2016

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