Marriage is the first step toward creating stable families but marriage isn’t as common as it used to be. That is common knowledge, but still the actual drop in the marriage rate is startling when you look back to 1960. In that year 72.2 percent of U.S. adults age 18 or older were married. In 2012 only half (50.5%) of this population was married. Part of this is because more people are getting married later in life, but many others are never marrying.
But this is only part of the picture. According to the Pew Research Center, marriage rates vary widely when looking at different levels of educational attainment. Census data released earlier this year shows that newlyweds tend to be college educated. The Pew Research report looked back over a five-year period – 2008 to 2012 – to examine marriage rates by education levels. Here’s what they found:
Posted: June 6, 2014