4 December 2010 0 Comments

How Marriage, Divorce, and Birth Rates are Changing

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The National Marriage Project’s State of Our Unions report compares the health of marriages today with those of the 1970s. It finds a widening marriage gap between the working class and the college educated:

Divorce. Divorce rates are up slightly (from 36 percent to 37 percent) among those with only a high school diploma, but have dropped (from 15 percent to 11 percent) for the college educated.

Marital happiness. College-educated spouses are just as likely to say they are “very happy” in their marriages (69 percent), but the share among the high-school educated has dropped sharply (from 69 percent to 57 percent).

Nonmarital births. The number of nonmarital births is up sharply for both groups. It’s only a sliver among the college educated (from 2 percent to 6 percent) but a large share among those with a high school diploma only (from 13 percent to 44 percent).

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