Un­mar­ried part­ners in US have tripled in 2 decades, re­port says

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

A new U.S. Cen­sus Bureau re­port says the num­ber of un­mar­ried part­ners liv­ing to­gether has tripled in the past two decades due to so­cial ac­cep­tance.

The re­port re­leased this week says the num­ber went from nearly 6 mil­lion in 1996 to 19.1 mil­lion in 2018.

The re­port says un­mar­ried part­ners are older, bet­ter ed­u­cated, more likely to earn higher wages and more racially di­verse than in the past.

Ben­jamin Gur­rentz, a bureau sur­vey statis­ti­cian, writes that the growth in un­mar­ried co­hab­i­ta­tion re­flects an in­creas­ing nor­mal­iza­tion. It’s also viewed as an al­ter­na­tive to mar­riage for low­in­come and less ed­u­cated peo­ple.

As a group, un­mar­ried part­ners are still small com­pared to mar­ried part­ners, who num­bered 127 mil­lion in 2018.

The re­port used data from the Cur­rent Pop­u­la­tion Sur­vey.

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