A new report investigating the decline of marriage in the US by Pew Research Center
, using estimates from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, shows that the downward trend in the number of Americans getting married is still continuing and shows no signs of recovering.
As the report states:
"The decrease in the number of newly married adults was apparent among nearly all education levels and ages. The only exception was among adults age 65 and older, where the number of newlyweds were roughly similar in 2011 (89,000) and 2008 (91,000)."
In 2008 there were 4.5 million newlyweds, this dropped to 4.2 million in 2011 continuing the trend reported in 2010
which showed that only about half of all adults in the United States—a record low—were married.
The report Barely Half of U.S. Adults Are Married – A Record Low
shows that marriage is being replaced by cohabitation, single-person households and other adult living arrangements.