Pew Research Center Finds Half of U.S Adults Today are Married

The marriage rate for U.S. adults hovers at 50 percent, a share that has remained relatively steady in recent years, but is a far cry from the peak of 72 percent in 1960, according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center. The decline can be explained in part by the fact that Americans are marrying later in life these days. In 2016, the median age for a first marriage was 27.4 for women and 29.5 for men, roughly seven years more than the median age in 1960. Marriage rates are also more closely linked to socio-economic status than ever before. 65 percent of people with four-year college degrees were married compared with 55 percent of those with some college education and 50 percent among those with no education beyond high school. Twenty-five years ago the marriage rate was above 60 percent for each of these groups. The survey also found one-in-seven never-married adults say they don’t want to get married. For more insights on marriage, click here.