Weddings and Marriage: Statistics and Facts
In 2012, approximately one third of adults still wanted to get married
at some point in their lives, however, the percentage of married adults nowadays is remarkably lower
than it was some fifty years ago, regardless of the age of spouses. In 2010, a survey among Americans showed that almost half of Americans aged between 18 and 29 thought that marriage was becoming obsolete.
Unsurprisingly, the annual number of marriages
in the United States has slowly but steadily declined over the last 20 years, with the marriage rate
in the United States, i.e. the number of marriages per 1,000 people, simultaneously declining from 1990 to 2009. On a positive note, the divorce rate
in the U.S. declined slightly during the same period; although it is not clear whether this is simply a side-effect of the shrinking number of unions.
Marriage statistics show that the age at which Americans first get married
has changed significantly over the past three decades. In 1970, almost half of American women
were younger than 20 years at the time of their first wedding, compared to only 6.94 percent in 2009. The age of men
at their first wedding has increased simultaneously, albeit to a slightly higher level.
Sexual intercourse rates
are remarkably higher among married persons than among singles, although the figures do not indicate whether or not the spouses actually sleep with their significant other or with someone else who is married.
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