Stable marriage rate holding steady; so are divorce rates, Barna finds

Stable marriage rate holding steady; so are divorce rates, Barna finds

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A recent study on marriage, divorce, singleness, premarital cohabitation, dating and other dynamics of romance amongst adults in the United States was launched and published just in time for Valentine’s Day, with results showing that over half of them remain married, while those who have never been married have increased to three in 10 Americans.

Despite the increased attack on traditional marriage under the last eight years under the Obama administration, research from the Barna Group found that a majority of American adults remain married – a trend that has remained constant since the turn of the century – and divorce rates have stagnated, as well.

“Overall, the segment of American adults who are currently married – though fluctuating slightly over the last 16 years – remains steady at just over half of all adults (52 percent in 2000 and 52 percent in 2016),” Barna reported. “Those who are currently divorced also remains steady at about one in 10 (10 percent), from 11 percent in 2000. Because of the reality of re-marriage, the currently divorced rate does not take into account past divorce, which, when accounted for, brings the proportion of American adults who have ever been divorced to one-quarter (25 percent) – a rate that has remained steady since 2000 (when it was 24 percent).”

Of marriage and divorce

However, taking a look at American adults who have never tied the knot, the prospect of marriage has diminished over the years.

“The percentage of single people (never married), however, has increased from just over one-quarter (27 percent) to three in 10 (30 percent),” the study revealed. “This uptick is the big story here, and it only gets more pronounced when looking closely at the trends within the different age groups. For instance, between 2000 and 2016, the relational makeup of those aged between 25 and 39 shifted dramatically. In the 16 years since 2000, the amount of single people in the 25–29 range rose 9 percentage points (from 50 percent to 59 percent), and the amount of single people in the 30-39 range also rose 10 percentage points (from 24 percent to 34 percent).

During the 17-year period since the turn of the century, similar changes have taken place with married adults.

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