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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2007
Most People Make Only One Trip Down the Aisle, But First Marriages Shorter, Census Bureau Reports
In 2004, most people in the United States had
married only once, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Marriage
and Divorce: 2004 said 58 percent of women and 54 percent of men 15 and
older had made only one trip down the aisle.
The Census Bureau also reported first marriages
for women during the peak of the baby boom lasted longer than recent marriages.
Of the first marriages for women from 1955 to 1959, about 79 percent marked
their 15th anniversary, compared with only 57 percent for women who married
for the first time from 1985 to 1989.
People born in the leading edge of the baby
boom experienced high divorce rates in the 1970s and 1980s. About 38 percent
of men born from 1945 to 1954 and 41 percent of women in the same age group
had been divorced by 2004.
- On average, first marriages that end in divorce last about eight years.
- The median time between divorce and a second marriage was about three
and a half years.
- In 2004, 12 percent of men and 13 percent of women had married twice,
and 3 percent each had married three or more times.
- Among adults 25 and older who had ever divorced, 52 percent of men and
44 percent of women were currently married.
- Just over half of currently married women in 2004 had been married for
at least 15 years, and 6 percent had been married at least 50 years.
for the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population are from the 2004 panel
of the Survey of Income and Program Participation, which interviewed residents
of about 43,700 housing units and other dwellings. Statistics from sample
surveys are subject to sampling and nonsampling error.