Half of Americans ages 18 and older were married in 2017, a share that has remained relatively stable in recent years but is down 8 percentage points since 1990. In 2015, for every 1,000 married adults ages 50 and older, 10 had divorced – up from five in 1990.One factor driving this change is that Americans are staying single longer. Among those ages 65 and older, the divorce rate roughly tripled since 1990. About nine-in-ten Americans (88%) cited love as a very important reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%), according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.In 2017, more favored (62%) than opposed (32%) allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally.Surveys conducted by Gallup found that about one-in-ten LGBT Americans (10%) were married to a same-sex spouse in 2017.Cohabitation is an increasingly popular option; one 2013 study found that 32% of couples chose long-term cohabitation over marriage.
The pages of women’s magazines are filled with articles offering methods for encouraging men to propose marriage, and entire websites are dedicated to increasing a person’s marry-ability.The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades.From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are eight facts about love and marriage in the United States. marriage rate has declined, divorce rates have increased among older Americans.Now, a majority (61%) of all same-sex couples who live together are married.Millennials and Generation Z have been at the vanguard of changing views on same-sex marriage.
About half of Gen Zers and Millennials say gay and lesbian couples being allowed to marry is a good thing for our society, while 33% of Gen Xers, 27% of Boomers and 18% of Silents say the same, according to the 2019 report.