Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/18/2013 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Marriage rates are at new lows due to economic downturn

Marriage rates are at their lowest in the past 100 years, analysts say. The recent recession sent far fewer couples down the altar, according to statistics. However, a new analysis projects that a long withheld demand and the large population of marriage-eligible Millennials, ages 18-34, means more will marry over the next two years.

From 2007 to 2009, the number of marriages each year fell from 2.197 million to 2.080 million. The report estimates that more than 175,000 weddings have been postponed or foregone since the recession began.

From 2007 to 2009, the number of marriages each year fell from 2.197 million to 2.080 million. The report estimates that more than 175,000 weddings have been postponed or foregone since the recession began.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/18/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Marriage, marriage rates down, remarrying, Millenials, study


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The number of marriages across the United States fell more than five percent during the recession. Cultural changes about whether and when to marry, coupled with the fact that two-thirds of first marriages are preceded by cohabitation, in addition to unemployment and underemployment - fueled the U.S. wedding decline.

However, projections from the Demographic Intelligence of Charlottesville say there are signs on the horizon of a temporary boost in weddings.

The company projects a four percent increase in the number of weddings since 2009, reaching 2.168 million this year; 2.189 million in 2014. Depending on the economic recovery, the report projects a continuing increase to 2.208 million in 2015.

While marriage numbers are stagnant or declining among those with a high school education or less, younger Americans, and the less affluent, numbers are rising among women ages 25-34, the college-educated and the affluent, which is where "short-term increases in weddings will be concentrated," according to the analysis. It's based on a variety of measures, including unemployment and consumer confidence, which reflect the relationship between financial security and the transition to marriage.

"Declines in weddings are likely to set in towards the end of the decade, even though the number of young adults is increasing, because of the nation's ongoing retreat from marriage," the report notes.

Experts say that these figures are relevant. "Given the drop in marriage rates, it's surprising to see a group project an increase," sociologist Andrew Cherlin says. The director of the Hopkins Population Center at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Cherlin adds that "it makes sense . If you're going to get married in time to have kids, you can't wait forever, so they may be saying that the postponement of marriages is running its course, and a backlog of young adults is about to schedule their weddings," he says.

From 2007 to 2009, the number of marriages each year fell from 2.197 million to 2.080 million. The report estimates that more than 175,000 weddings have been postponed or foregone since the recession began.

The projected wedding increases "might be overly optimistic," according to sociologist and demographer Wendy Manning, co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University.

"They seem to think the number of weddings is going to increase. That's possible," she says. But "not all those marriages are going to be among those young people entering into their first marriages. The report is focusing on the Echo Baby Boomers entering into their marrying years, which is true, but my issue is that one-third of marriages are remarriages, and the remarriages are not among the young people."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

'What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer': Mother's heartbreaking discovery and the emotional way she told her children Watch

Image of Katherine Simpson-Jacobs wrote a children's book to explain what cancer is in a way young minds can understand (Katherine Simpson-Jacobs).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

When Katherine Simpson-Jacobs realized she had breast cancer, she had no idea how to tell her daughters. After several weeks of worry, she realized she wanted to write "What We Did When Mummy Got Cancer," a child's book to explain what cancer is and how to treat the ... continue reading


4 Ways to pray when your spouse struggles Watch

Image of Praying for and with our spouses is the best way to include God into the relationship (iStock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Perhaps your relationship is struggling because one of you is involved in less than Godly activities, struggles with addiction, is experiencing emotional turmoil or perhaps struggling with their faith. What does the Bible say we should do when our spouse struggles? LOS ... continue reading


'We're family now': Bittersweet moment a mother hears her son's beating heart in a little gir's chest Watch

Image of Little Jordan received Lukas heart and has since been a care-free bundle of energy (Justice for Lukas Scot).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

After losing her 7-month-old son, Lukas, Heather Clark was able to hear his heart beating once again - from the chest of a 4-year-old girl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In a heartbreaking tale, Clark's son, Lukas, fell prey to his babysitter's abusive boyfriend ... continue reading


Making a Difference - Abortion: out of sight, out of mind Watch

Image of

By Tony Magliano

Due to the blizzard that hit the mid-Atlantic, my bus never made it to the 43rd March for Life in Washington, D.C. But thousands of others were able to brave the snow and wind to witness to the dignity of unborn human life, and to protest the gravely immoral practice ... continue reading


'One of the meanest things I've ever seen in my life': One man's heartbreaking plea goes viral Watch

Image of Alan Beamer suffers the effects of Alzheimer's and begs his friends and family to talk to him normally (Mary Beth Alan Beamer/Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

In a heartbreaking video that Mary Beth Beamer posted to Facebook, her husband, Alan Beamer, begs for his friends and family to visit like they used to. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The four-minute video was posted on January third and received nearly 10,000 ... continue reading


Child abandoned in church Nativity reunites with biological family 44-years later Watch

Image of The Manger Baby was reunited with his biological family after waiting 44 years (ABC 13).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

DJ Williams was discovered abandoned in the St. Anne Catholic Church's nativity scene in 1971. Now, 44-years-later, he has been reunited with the siblings he never knew he had. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Two women found newborn Williams in the manger of the ... continue reading


You'll need to look twice to believe what Barbie is doing now! It's about time Mattel Watch

Image of Mattel releases diversified dolls (Mattel).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Mattel finally offers a diverse assortment of dolls that includes three new body types, seven skin tones, 22 eye colors, 24 hairstyles and hundreds of outfits and accessories. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It seems Mattel has finally opened its eyes and has ... continue reading


'I can breathe again and talk': Emotional words from teen who wakes from surgery will leave you in tears Watch

Image of Trevor Sullivan woke from receiving a heart transplant and his words touched the world (Trevor Sullivan/Facebook).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nearly a year after 15-year-old Trevor Sullivan was diagnosed with a serious medical condition, he received a gift that forever changed his quality of life. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - When Trevor was 14-years-old, he learned he was suffering from heart ... continue reading


Norwegian couple lose children for being 'very Christian' Watch

Image of The Bodnariu children were taken despite zero evidence of abuse (Norway Return the children to Bodnariu Family/Facebook).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Barnevernet, Child Welfare Services of Norway, removed five children from Marius and Ruth Bodnariu after the Bodnariu parents were accused of radicalizing and indoctrinating their kids with Christianity. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to World Magazine, ... continue reading


Huge crowds flood March for Life despite severe weather storm Watch

Image of Rough weather didn't deter marchers in the annual March for Life this year.

By CNA/EWTN News

Despite weather forecasts calling for what might end up being the worst blizzard in over a century, tens of thousands flooded the nation's capital Friday to support the dignity of life. Washington D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) - Rosalie Rwamakuba, a 20-year-old woman from ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Kings 8:1-7, 9-13
1 Solomon then summoned the elders of Israel to Jerusalem to bring the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:6-7, 8-10
6 Listen, we heard of it in Ephrathah, we found it at ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 6:53-56
53 Having made the crossing, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 8th, 2016 Image

St. Jerome Emiliani
February 8: Jerome Emiliani lay chained in the dark dirty ... Read More