Dec. 14, 2011

Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married – A Record Low

Barely half of all adults in the United States—a record low—are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides and grooms.

Apr. 8, 2011

Family Meals, Cohabitation and Divorce

More than 2,000 demographers, sociologists and others converged on Washington, D.C., last week for the Population Association of America’s annual meeting.

Mar. 9, 2011

For Millennials, Parenthood Trumps Marriage

Today’s 18 to 29 year olds – members of the so-called Millennial Generation – see parenthood and marriage differently than today’s thirty-somethings (members of Generation X) did back when they were in their late teens and twenties, according to a new analysis of Pew Research Center survey findings. Unlike their older counterparts, Millennials value parenthood much more than marriage.

Feb. 16, 2011

The Public Renders a Split Verdict On Changes in Family Structure

The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes; a third is tolerant but skeptical; and a third considers them bad for society.

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Feb. 16, 2011

Interactive: Attitudes about the Changing American Family

The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the American family that have unfolded over the past half century.

Nov. 18, 2010

Marriage and Family: Data and Attitudes

A report from the center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, “The Decline of Marriage and Rise of New Families,” finds that nearly four-in-ten Americans (39%) say that marriage is becoming obsolete.

Nov. 18, 2010

The Decline of Marriage And Rise of New Families

The pre-eminent family unit of the mid-20th century—mom, dad and the kids—no longer has the stage to itself. A variety of new arrangements have emerged, giving rise to a broader and evolving definition of what constitutes a family.

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Nov. 18, 2010

Interactive: The Changing American Family

Interactive charts that show trends related to marriage, children and household composition from 1960 thru 2008.

Oct. 22, 2010

Is the Great Recession Linked to a Decline in Marriage?

There is wide interest by researchers and journalists in finding data from the Census Bureau and other sources that could illustrate the impacts of the Great Recession on American life.

Oct. 7, 2010

Marriage and College

Throughout the 20th century, college-educated Americans were less likely to be married by age 30 than Americans without a college degree.