Marriage & Relationships — Not as Popular as They Used to Be

Marriage & Relationships — Not as Popular as They Used to Be

Deseret News is a publishing company housed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Every few years it partners with the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy at Brigham Young University to do a study of marriage and relationships in the United States.

This year’s study shows the number of people that are married in the U.S. dropping like a stone. Just 45% of us are married compared to 50% with a tied knot in 2015. People that aren’t in a relationship at all has gone up from 32% in 2015 to 37%.

Those just cohabitating has stayed the same and is at 11%. People in a relationship that aren’t cohabitating has fallen as well. Just 7% of us are doing that compared to 8% in 2015.

Mechele Dickerson is a law professor at the University of Texas, Austin. She wrote an article on the subject published in Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal. Dickerson found when it comes to subsidies from states and the federal government and the benefits involved, people most likely to benefit from them live in traditional households. Traditional is defined as a husband, wife and children.

The benefits she are listed as joint tax laws, bankruptcy filings and immigration.

Changes in social mores, the legalization of same-sex marriages, bans on gender discrimination in labor markets, and widening economic inequality make it more likely that todays households will consist of a multi-generational family, single parents, unmarried partners, childless married couples, and married parents who both earn income in the paid labor market,” Dickerson said.

The researcher said the demographic most likely to have a traditional marriage is upper-income, white and college educated. Dickerson said the U.S. legal and economic systems favor them.

All that said, Dickerson said more and more people are bagging the traditional nuclear family. Thats just not the way American society looks anymore,” she noted. Its one thing to say thats what we think life should be, and [another thing to say] what life actually is.”

Pew Research Center said from 1970 to 2016 the number of two-income families rose from 49% to 66%. The research firm also found the number of adults aged 25 to 54 who are in romantic relationships but not married is going up.

It rose from 4% in 1990 to 9% in 2019.

Christopher Karpowitz is the co-director at the Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy and a professor of political science at Brigham Young University. He helped author the study and said the big concern is the number of people not in relationships at all. I do worry if people are opting out of any sort of relationship whatsoever, or unable to find those relationships for whatever reason,” he said.

Dickerson worries about lower birth rates at a time when the birth rate in the U.S. has hit an all-time low. In the last 15 years we’ve seen a 20% drop in the birth rate. Her concern is a replacement rate that is enough to sustain the population and our ability to have enough labor to supply the need for laborers.

Another thing noted in the report is the number of people getting married later in life. The U.S. Census Bureau says in the last 50 years the median age for a first marriage jumped 7 years for both men and women.

In the 1960s the average age for a first marriage was 23 for men and age 20 for women. In 2016, men got married on average at age 30 and women at 28.

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