Most of today’s Americans believe that educational and economic accomplishments are extremely important milestones of adulthood. In contrast, marriage and parenthood rank low: over half of Americans believe that marrying and having children are not very important in order to become an adult. Source
Young people are delaying marriage, but most still eventually tie the knot. In the 1970s, 8 in 10 people married by the time they turned 30. Today, not until the age of 45 have 8 in 10 people married. Source
As of 2016, 59% of millennials are single and have never been married. Source
- 30% say they haven’t found the right person.
- 27% say they aren’t financially stable enough.
- 22% say they aren’t ready to settle down. Source
- According to a study done by Bentley University, the median age for marriage is 27 for women and 29 for men. (Up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960). Source
The marriage rate has decreased by 47% from 1980 to 2015. Source
Nearly 2 in 5 millennial/Gen X men and women indicate that marriage has not worked out for most people they know. Source
Two out of five millennial/Gen X men and women agree that divorce is usually the best solution when a couple can’t seem to work out their marriage problems. Source