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20 September 2007

Marital bliss not so common

For the first time since World War II, America's married couples are more likely to have split by the 25-year mark than to have stayed together, new data shows.

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For the first time since World War II, America's married couples are more likely to have split by the 25-year mark than to have stayed together, new data from the US Census Bureau shows.

As reported in The New York Times, more than half of people who might have celebrated a 25th wedding anniversary in the year 2000 either found themselves divorced, separated or widowed instead, the government data found.

Part of that may have to do with the fact that Americans are now more likely to wed later in life.

In their mid-20s, most men (54 percent) and 41 percent of women have not yet tied the knot, the census found.

Americans marrying more often
However, more Americans are marrying more than once during their lifetime; in 1996, 69 percent of men and 76 percent of women over the age of 15 had been married only once, but those numbers dropped to 54 percent and 58 percent, respectively, by the latest census.

The divorce rate has remained constant over the past decade, at about one in every five people surveyed.

"Basically, it looks like we're pretty much holding steady," Rose Kreieder, a Census Bureau demographer, told the Times. – (HealthDay News)

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