- The average age of marriage for Americans has increased over time, according to the US Census Bureau.
- In 1962, 90% of 30-year-olds were married at least once. By 2019, only 51% of 30-year-olds were married.
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Valentine's Day is coming and couples are celebrating their love for one another. However, many of these couples may not be particularly keen to tie the knot: Americans don't marry as often as they did when they were young.
We looked at data from the current US Census Bureau population survey, which examines various economic and social aspects of people's lives. In particular, we used the individual level Microdata sample for public use, collected by the Minnesota Population Center,
With this data, we were able to estimate the number of people who identified themselves as married, separated, divorced, or widowed each year. We have estimated what percent of people were married at least once in 1962, 1980, 2000 and 2019.
In 1962, half of the 21-year-olds and 90% of the 30-year-olds were married at least once. In 2019, only 8.0% of 21-year-olds and 51.2% of 30-year-olds were married.
Here is the likelihood that a person has been married at least once in their lives for every year of their life in the past few decades: