Marital status of the U.S. population, by sex 2020

In 2020, there were 68.43 million married men and 69.34 married women living in the United States. This is compared to 3.48 million widowed men and 11.27 million widowed women.

Marriage in the United States

Nevada had the highest marriage rate in the United States in 2018, followed by Hawaii and Arkansas. This can be attributed to marriage accessibility in the state. Las Vegas weddings are known for being quick, easy, and inexpensive chapel weddings. In comparison to the cheap weddings available in Las Vegas, the average expenditure for a wedding in the United States was the highest in Rhode Island in 2017, clocking in at 52,777 U.S. dollars.

Same-sex marriage

The number of Americans who think that same-sex marriage should be recognized by law has more than doubled since 1996, while the number of Americans who think it should not be valid has decreased. It was not until June 26, 2015 that the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states. Before then, it was up to the states to decide if they allowed same-sex marriage. States in the Southeast are the most opposed to same-sex marriage, whereas the strongest support comes from Northern coastal states.

Marital status of the United States population in 2020, by sex

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Release date

December 2020


United States

Survey time period


Age group

15 years and older

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