Census: Marriage Down, Cohabitation Up

The recession has exacerbated a “precipitous” drop in
marriages among adults aged 25 to 34, according to a Population Research Bureau
analysis
of U.S. Census Data.

“More young couples are delaying marriage or foregoing
matrimony altogether, likely as an adaptive response to the economic downturn,”
the group said.

Between 2000 and 2009, the percentage of adults between the ages
25 to 34 who are married dropped from 55 percent to 45 percent, the Census
found. The percentage who have never been married increased, from 34 percent to
46 percent.

The group noted that while cohabitation has been rising for
several decades, the Census Bureau “links the recent increase in cohabiting
couples to rising unemployment rates and growing economic uncertainty, especially
among young men.”

“Given the scope of the recent recession, many more couples
are likely to choose cohabitation over marriage in the coming years,” it
concluded.