Dave: Younger Americans are not getting married, why?


Fewer and fewer young adults are marrying.

"Unlike in prior generations, the majority of millennials have never been married, reflecting continued delays in getting married," according to the US Census Bureau. "Only about three in 10 young adults have ever been married, down from six in 10 in 1980."

Federal demographers looked at the young adult population, age 18-34, and found big changes in the way they live as compared to their parents and grandparents.

More than ever, they are delaying marriage or never getting married.  More young people are living together without getting married, living alone or living with parents  and other family members.

The Census Bureau says a big part appears to be financial in nature.

"Young adults today have low marriage rates, and economic security may play an important role in their likelihood to marry."

The report finds that young people who make more money and buy a house are more likely to get married.

"Specifically, full-time employment, median annual wages for all types of workers, and owning a home were associated with higher marriage rates," Census Bureau Survey Statistician Benjamin Gurrentz concluded. "At the same time, the poverty status of women, high housing costs, and living in the home of a parent were associated with lower marriage rates across counties."

I think watching their parents marry and divorce, sometimes more than once, has also had a profound impact in young adults.  Many just don't believe in marriage as a result.

We asked listeners to the Early Edition of WWL First News how they feel about the fact that most young Americans are not married.  Here is what they texted 870870 about marriage:

  • There is no benefit for the man in marriage. And if it doesn't work out the deck is stacked against the male in court.
  • Millennial s are not being forced to grow up like we was in 1984
  • I never found a guy like you. Men just aren't what they used to be.
  • Once women get that paperwork signed they become large-and-in-charge so the men need to keep the ball in their court and don't get it signed.
  • I'm 37 been with my wife 17yrs and married for 13
  • Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free. Lol
  • I love being married. Going on 11 yrs in November. My wife is great
  • Because man has caught up with women and their bait-and-switch tactics once they get that paperwork signed a chop their hair off and gain weight change the rules and men are fed up
  • These days , it's great that they are NOT getting married . They cost they're parents thousands of dollars for elite weddings & a year later , they're getting divorced , and don't give a thought to giving the parents back they're money !
  • Dave, how many of that number of those millennials that delay marriage are STILL LIVING WITH MAMA???
  • I got married at 19. Been together for 12 years and couldn't be happier.
  • You couldn't pay me enough to get married. Not only because there were 5 divorces and 1 annulment in my immediate family, I hate roomates.
  • My wife and I have been married 31 years my daughter who is 25 will be getting married in February she lives with her boyfriend in Lafayette for the last 4 years she did get her master's degree from ull but living with this boy drives my wife and I crazy because we're Catholic and it just drives me nuts cannot understand
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