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Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Marriage Gap

A new CNN article by Leah Ward Sears considers the "marriage gap":

Wilcox's study finds that over the last 30 years, among what the report calls "Middle Americans" (the 58% of moderately educated Americans who have a high school degree), the proportion of children born outside of marriage skyrocketed from 13% to 44% while the portion of adults in an intact first marriage dropped from 73% to 45%.

Meanwhile, among financially well-off Americans (the 30% who have a college degree or higher), the proportion of children born outside of marriage climbed only slightly from 2% to 6%, the divorce rate dropped from 15% to 11%, and intact first marriages dropped from 73% to 56%.

In sum, the relationships of Middle Americans increasingly resemble those of the poor, while marriages among upscale Americans are getting better in many respects.

Read more, including an analysis of this gap, here.


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Interesting study. My commonsense tells me that couples who have college degrees tend to be better planners which means that they know how to set themselves and their marriage up for lasting, long-term success.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Attorneys | Jan 1, 2011 6:24:06 PM

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