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-Long Lasting Marriages on the Rise in America

by Dr. D ~ May 19th, 2011

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There is popular notion that more marriages in America end in divorce than stay together. This has never been true when it comes to first marriages.

It is those who are repeatedly in and out of marital commitments that bring down the percentages and create a perception that more marriages fail than not in the USA.

Fact is most Americans marry once and stick to it.

The Census Bureau on Wednesday released current statistics on marriage in the USA. The new data showed that three in four couples married after 1990 celebrated their 10th anniversary together. Also, more than half of the nation’s married couples have been together for at least 15 years, a third have celebrated their 25th anniversaries, and 6 percent have been married more than 50 years.

The census stats show that young people are waiting to get married at a much latter age than they use to. The stats also show that now nearly a third of adults never get married at all.  A shocking number that has been increasing over the last 15 years or so.

On the positive side, divorces have actually been on the decline since the early 1980’s.

Response: Marriages lasting longer along with less divorces result in greater stability of families in America. This is a positive any way you look t it.

It would be interesting to see how religious affiliations affect the marriage data. Just off the top of my head, for instance, in the past among Evangelical Christians the divorce rate was nearly as high as the general population in America, but first marriages stayed together at a much higher rate.

The data does show that marriage stats vary according to race so I would expect that religious subcultures would also result in some variety. Also, with the rise of those claiming to be atheists in America, it would be interesting to note if their marriage stats show any demonstrable differences compared to the rest of society.            *Top

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7 Responses to -Long Lasting Marriages on the Rise in America

  1. Andrew Ryan

    It’s good to see that with the rise of states allowing gay marriage, and the rise in atheists, that marriages are actually lasting LONGER, thus giving the lie to the notion that these two groups undermine marriage.

    This won’t be a surprise to anyone who has seen the stats showing that atheists are less likely to divorce that the average Christian couple.

    Thanks for having the courage to post this Dr D!

  2. Dr. D

    Andrew,
    The stats that I have seen indicate that atheists are not getting married formally at the same rate as the general population.
    Also homosexual ‘marriage’ numbers are still too few and too recent to identify any real trends.

  3. Andrew Ryan

    “…atheists are not getting married formally at the same rate as the general population.”

    …And the stats also say that those atheists that do marry are less likely to divorce than the general population. If you think the former explains the latter (eg that because only really committed atheists get married, they are less likely to divorce) then you would have to similarly put long-lasting marriages IN GENERAL down to fewer people marrying.

  4. Dr. D

    Andrew,
    Actually the stats that you continue to refer to, found on numerous atheist sites, are actually rather dated. Later research shows that Evangelical Christians (26%) and Catholics (28%) beat out atheists (30%) with the general population at 33% along with the rest of the Christians.

    None of it showing much of a difference as far as I am concerned. Nothing to crow so loudly about particularly since the atheist sample is still quite small and well within the 3% margin of error. Therefore really negligible from the general average.

  5. Andrew Ryan

    Dr, the figures you quote still show that atheists are LESS likely than the average person to get divorced. I’m not crowing, just acknowledging what the figures say. It’s not my claim that being atheist makes you more moral, but the figures certainly works against claims that atheists are LESS moral. And again, kudos to you for acknowledging this. Of course, figures for atheists in prisons (very under represented) are far starker and beyond the small margin of error.

  6. Dr. D

    Thanks Andrew for your comments and we are always happy here to acknowledge the truth. There is always something to be learned by it no matter what.
    Actually it is my view that stable marriages are good for everyone and conrtibute in a positve way to society as a whole and the economy which needs all the help it can get right now.

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