Marriage Moderation

From 1900-1929, marriage rates ranged between 9.3/1,000 persons and 12/1,000. During the depression, rates bottomed at 7.9/1,000 persons in 1932. The rate then steadily rose, peaking in 1946 (following WWII) at 16.4/1,000. Marriage rates then steadily fell and bottomed at 8.5/1,000 in 1960. When Boomers started marrying, the rate again rose, peaking at 10.9/1,000 in 1972 and remained above 10/1,000 through 1985. It’s steadily declined since, to 6.5/1,000 in 2018.

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