Marriage Decline

From the Patriot Post:

The U.S. Census Bureau last week released demographic data on married versus unmarried couples in the U.S., and, not surprisingly, the results aren’t good. According to the Associated Press, “It’s a trend that’s been creeping along for decades, but in the 2010 Census, married couples represent 48 percent of all households. That’s down from 52 percent in the last Census and, for the first time in U.S. history, puts households led by married couples as a plurality.”

The AP quotes Portland State University demographer Charles Rynerson, who says, “People in their 20s are postponing marriage for many reasons, including money. We also have an aging population, so there’s more people living alone.” The median age for marrying now is 28 for men and 26 for women. Fifty years ago, it was 23 and 20, respectively. The difference could in large part be due to so many Americans’ opinion that marriage has become obsolete. According to a Pew Research Center study, 39 percent hold this view. Here in our humble shop, we still hold to the age-old view that marriage — between one man and one woman — is the building block of society. In a culture that wants to cram that building block into a round hole, however, the traditions that made America great are slowly being abandoned.