Don't go together like a horse and carriage...
November 18, 2010 1:49 PM Subscribe
posted by k8t (104 comments total)
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(with commentary from Jezebel
) look at the question - why would people get married in 2010? These are reports based on a Pew Research survey
that complements results with findings from census data.
- "A new “marriage gap” in the United States is increasingly aligned with a growing income gap." "In 2008, there was a 16 percentage point gap in marriage rates between college graduates (64%) and those with a high school diploma or less (48%)." And Jezebel comments, "less-educated people want to get married just as much as college graduates do (46% of graduates say they want to get hitched, compared with 44% of non-grads). So the most important gap in this country — the one we really need to work to close — may not be between married and unmarried, but between those who have the means to do what they want in life, and those who don't."
- Nearly four-in-ten survey respondents (39%) say that marriage is obsolete.
- Cohabitation is hot - "44% of all adults (and more than half of all adults ages 30 to 49) say they have cohabited at some point in their lives."
- Unwed motherhood is on the rise and has racial differences - "The share of births to unmarried women has risen dramatically over the past half century, from 5% in 1960 to 41% in 2008. There are notable differences by race: Among black women giving birth in 2008, 72% were unmarried. This compares with 53% of Hispanic women giving birth and 29% of white women."
(Tons more findings in the report! Go digging!)