Marriage Goes Down, Poverty Goes Up

Rachel Sheffield /

An increasing rate of young adults in the United States seems to have cold feet when it comes to marriage.

For the first time in recent history, adults between 25 and 34 years of age who are single outnumber their peers who are married. On top of this, the number of married adults in 2009 reached a historical low.

Conor Doughtery, reporting on new Census numbers in The Wall Street Journal, writes:

In 2009, the proportion of adults 25 to 34 who had never been married was 46.3%, compared with 44.9% for those who were married. … (more…)