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Early Marriage Has Fallen, Especially Among Those Without a College Degree

With men and women increasingly delaying tying the knot these days, marriage among those in their early 20s is less common. In 2016, only 12% of young adults aged 22 to 24 have ever been married, according to my new analysis of the most recent Census data. Just over a decade ago in 2000, the share was 27%. This drop is much sharper among young adults without a bachelor’s degree. Between 2000 and 2016, the share of ever-married adults among non-college grads ages 22 to 24 dropped from 34% to 15.1%, down by 19 percentage points. In contrast, the share among college grads of the same age declined from 19.6% to 9.6%, a decline of only 10 percentage points. Read More

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