Even if you like it, many Americans may not want to put a ring on it. One in five adults 25 and older have never been married, up from nine percent in 1960, and marriage is appearing to be less of a priority for both men and women, a study released Wednesday shows.
The study by the Pew Research Center shows that a rising number of adults living together and raising children may be contributing. Another factor is the growing emphasis never-married women place on finding a spouse with a steady job and with similar educational attainments. Women are spending more time in higher education, and the percentage of men in the labor force has fallen sharply, from 93 percent in 1960 to 82 percent in 2012. Of today’s still-single share of American adults, the 25-34 age bracket is the most available, with 50 percent of those adults never married. Better hit the books, guys.
-- Rebecca Ungarino