Marriage can be challenging; in fact, even the most perfect relationships have their issues. It sometimes seems like complete luck when couples are able to have a strong and lengthy marriage. You have to wonder what their secret is and what can you do to make your own marriage go the distance.
And researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics estimate that 78 percent of college-educated women who got married for the first time between 2006 and 2010 could expect their marriages to last at least 20 years. But sadly, for women who have only a high school education or less, only 40 percent can expect to have long-lasting marriages.
Data that was used in figuring out the probability of a lasting first marriage came from marital history information from the National Survey of Family Growth, a representative sample of men and women who were ages 15 to 44 between 2006 and 2010. The findings were limited to heterosexual marriages.
The reasons for marriages ending included divorce and separation, but marriages that ended in death weren't included in the analysis. Since the age range stopped at 44, the survey didn't include decades-long marriages that were started later in life.
The report also didn't go into the reason why college-educated women have longer-lasting marriages, but did note that people who graduate from college generally tend to marry later in life to have a more secure financial foundation going into the marriage. Also, college-educated women tend to know exactly what it is they want in a spouse and are willing to wait for it.
If you can, you may as well stack the deck in any way you can to help make your marriage a lasting and healthy one.