One of my friends asked a question about the number of people who get married. I consulted the source of all knowledge, The Internet, and found this page. It cites reliable sources, but otherwise I can't vouch for its accuracy. Nevertheless, let's look at some of its statistics:


  1. Median duration of marriage (1997): 7.2 years
  2. Likelihood of new marriages ending in divorce in 1997: 43%
  3. Adults between 25 and 34 years old never married in 1998: 14 million (35%)
  4. Percentage of population (by area of US) who had never married in 1999: Midwest: 28%, Northeast: 28%, South: 26%, West: 29%
  5. People (by gender) 15 years of age and over who have never married: Males: 32,253,000 (31.3% of men), Females: 27,763,000 (25.1% of women)
  6. Median age at first marriage: Males: 26.8, Females: 25.1
  7. Average age of marriage [first marriage and later] in 1997: Males: 28.7, Females: 25.9
  8. Percentage of people that married under the age of 20 who eventually get divorced as of 1995: 40%
  9. Percentage of people that married over the age of 25 who eventually get divorced as of 1995: 24%
  10. Percentage of women whose parents were divorced who get divorced within 10 years as of 1995: 43%
  11. Percentage of women whose parents stayed together who get divorced within 10 years as of 1995: 29%
  12. In 1996, children of divorce were 50% more likely than their counterparts from intact families to divorce.
  13. Fatherless homes account for 63% of youth suicides, 90% of homeless/runaway children, 85% of children with behavior problems, 71% of high school dropouts, 85% of youths in prison, well over 50% of teen mothers.

All very interesting. Waiting until after age 25 to get married seems like a good idea. It's also scary that children who have divorced parents are 50% more likely to get divorced themselves.

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