Washington D.C. — The fact that the number of Americans getting married is at a record low is due to changes in society’s values, public policy decisions and economic factors, says sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox.
He was responding to a Dec. 14 Pew Research analysis that indicates marriage rates in the U.S. are at a record low, as young couples are delaying marriage longer than ever before.
According to Pew Research Center’s analysis of U.S. Census data, only 51% of adults in the U.S. are currently married, compared to 72% in 1960. In addition, new marriages in America dropped by 5% between 2009 and 2010.
While the decline in marriage is taking place among all age groups, it is most...READ MORE