- Today, there are more single Americans than ever before. 50%+ of the adult U.S. population is single. The rate was 37.4% in the 1970s.
- Unmarried mothers account for 40%+ of all U.S. births.
- Married men have higher incomes than their unmarried men. The drop in the rate of marriage accounts for 32% of the rise in family income inequality since 1979.
- Children in single-parent homes are 500% more likely to live in poverty compared to their peers in 2-parent homes.
Education and marriage appear to be linked:
- Among mothers without a high school diploma, 63% of births are outside of marriage.
- For women with a college education, 71% of births are to married women.
What might these statistics suggest about the social fabric of the United States as the Millennials age? The Motley Monk would suggest:
- With more single Americans than ever before and with that number increasing, there will likely be more unmarried men having lower incomes than their fewer in number married peers.
- With the number of unmarried mothers growing, an increasing number of children will be born out outside of marriage.
- With the number of mothers without a high school diploma growing, more children will likely be living in poverty.
However, contrary to what these statistics might appear to suggest, 67% of Americans believe that marriage is not an outdated social institution. For many Millennials, it seems they've decided that marriage is just not for them, and for a variety of good and bad reasons.
What might those be?
Let the discussion begin...
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