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Marriage Study Finds More Never-Married People

Are Never-Marrieds the New Newlyweds?

With wedding season in full bloom, and bridal blogs chock-full of nuptials every day, you'd think more people than ever would be tying the knot, but it's actually not the case. According to a report that used 2009 US census data, 30 percent of Americans have never married, the highest percentage in 60 years. It also found that in the 25-to-29-year-old bracket, the number of "never-marrieds" went from 27 percent in 1986 to 47 percent in 2009. So apparently Cameron Diaz isn't the only one choosing to forgo getting hitched.

The researchers attribute these findings to couples marrying later in life and more unmarried couples living together. And we've seen stats that support these modern relationship realities in other studies. But I'm still a bit surprised by these numbers; in my circle of friends and at our female-dominated Sugar offices I'm surrounded by married and engaged gals — not to mention the wedding industry is booming. Maybe I'm just in a bride-to-be bubble; what's your take?

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berberry3311 berberry3311 6 years
I am 23 and have been in a 4 year long relationship and we live together. We have openly had conversations about marriage and both of us agree that society puts a lot of pressure on certain age groups to get married. I'm not sure if we will get married, we are happy living together and know we have time. I have just seen so many friends and people in general get married and then things just change. Whether its pressure from society or family. There is just a certain expectation from others for you to follow a particular time line when you get married, and that is what I think part of the reason people are forgoing marriage more and more. It would be more appealing if it didn't seem like so much would change. I do know couples of course that do just fine, but they admit to the change. After marriage things just were not like how they were before. Things should be different and transitional, but not to the point where you start to wonder if you know the person you married as well as you originally thought.
helloanya helloanya 6 years
As a few have already stated, marriage isn't for everyone. We buy into this marriage craze perpetrated by the entertainment and wedding industry, which is why weddings are getting more and more extravagant and you can't channel surf on any given night without seeing at least one wedding show on TV. I think the push to get married is in part tradition and also in part popular culture, where not only are you pressured to get married but you're also pressured to spend as much money as humanly possible on the dress (over $1,000 on a dress, REALLY?!) and wedding. I also resent the stereotype that women dream of their wedding and being proposed to, as the atraditionalist commented above, that women who don't fantasize of being proposed to or married are just jealous because it hasn't happened to them. As a woman who has turned down a proposal in the past, and actually chose to leave this man because of our ideologically different opinions on the institution of marriage. I am happy to have found a new guy who shares my ideology on marriage and our relationship (3 years) has been amazing. We are taking it one day at a time, enjoying each other's company. And if there is a time when we don't bring each other so much joy, then we can walk away, without being in debt from an extravagant wedding and without promising each other an eternity.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
My boyfriend has asked me and we've talked about it in the past. I explained to him why I don't believe in it and he understands. I attend weddings of friends and family and I'm supportive. I don't go around knocking marriage. It's just not for me.
SocialistLez SocialistLez 6 years
I don't want to get married. As you for "atraditionalist," I've been proposed to and turned down the proposal. I really wish there weren't so many governmental benefits, privileges, etc. tied to marriage. The government should just get out of the marriage business.
atraditionalist atraditionalist 6 years
I have a question for the ladies who claim they wont get married/dont believe in marriage: if your boyfriends asked you to marry them would you? I think women who say they won't get married usually have never been asked and thats why they say it
shreerose shreerose 6 years
Marriage is the leading cause of divorce.
Mountainflour Mountainflour 6 years
I've been with my partner for twelve years and don't feel the need to get married. We're very in love and very committed. If that changes, we're free to find other people to share our lives with. I honestly find it a bit perplexing to jump into a lifelong commitment when I have no idea what we'll be like twenty or thirty years from now. I think we should enjoy the time we have together and see where that leads us.
bryseana bryseana 6 years
I can't speak for others, but I personally don't believe in marriage. I believe in commitment, loyalty, compromising, etc... I've been with my boyfriend for six years and no one else. I think our relationship is just as valid as that of a married couple. It bothers me when people always ask "when are you getting married?" As if to insinuate that we've just been playing or wasting our time.
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