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Marriage Trend: Young Marriage Declining

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The marriage age of educated has been rising for years, now young marriage down for uneducated, too.

If there is one thing younger couples have collectively gotten smarter about since the recession, it's at what age they decide to marry. A longitudinal Pew Research Center study reveals a marriage trend in which the percent of college-educated couples vs. non-college-educated couples marrying before the age of 30 has evened out for the first time since 1990. The Real Reason Couples Aren't Getting Married
   
In 1990, couples without a college degree were more likely to get married—and at an earlier age—than those with a degree, where "75 percent of all 30 year olds who did not have a college degree were married or had been married, compared with just 69 percent of those with a college degree." By 2008 (the most recent year studied) these statistics had not only declined but reversed: 62 percent of the college-educated set and 60 percent of those without a college degree were married or had been married by age 30.

Why the shift?

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Yesterday's high school diploma is today's college degree, and those without an undergraduate degree are, more often, choosing to cohabit with their partners rather than take on the cost of a wedding and marriage. Gender differences play a part, too. Less educated women used to marry younger than those with higher degrees; as women are increasingly educated, they are decreasingly likely to marry at a young age. Researchers also pointed to the "fear of divorce" as a possible reason couples are marrying later. The 50 Percent Divorce Rate Is Misleading

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In any case, that couples are, in general, waiting until later in life to marry bodes well for their marriage. The older you marry the lower your chances are for divorce. 

Readers, what do you think? Should couples marry young?

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