Marriage Rates in the U.S. Drop to All-Time Low

Tarrah Gibbons
June 30, 2020 - 12:54 pm

Less and less people are taking a walk down the aisle.

According to a new report by the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, marriage rates in 2018 were the lowest they have been since 1900. That's nearly 120 years!

In 2018, the were 6.5 marriages for every 1000 people, the report said, according to "Today."

The rate stayed consistent at 6.8 from 2009 to 2013. It eventually went up to 6.9 in 2014, and in 2015 it hit 7. After that, it began to decline. In 2017, the marriage rate was 6.9, about 5% higher than in 2018.

Researchers explained how the decline has been a trend for nearly forty years.

Fewer couples getting married "has been a long-standing, declining trend since the early 1980s, showing that marriage is less central to the lives of Americans that it used to be," Sally Curtin, the co-author of the report and NCHS statistician, said.

Curtin did not find the data concerning, but she did point out the marriage rate could have "implications for the economic and health outcomes of individuals and families." She explained that this could happen because research has shown that marital status goes hand and hand with better overall health and finances.

Dr. Gail Salz, a psychiatrist, said financial stress is a significant reason for this data. Salz also pointed out that women today are more educated and earn more money.

"Women have become more than half the group that goes to college and are rising as wage earners," Saltz said.

She said that women moving into the workforce has also caused the average age to get married to rise.

Despite the low rates, experts don't see marriage becoming obsolete.

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