STUDY: Marriage Rates Higher Among Higher Education, Financially Stable Individuals

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While the overall marriage rate in the U.S. has remained relatively stable over the past decade, new analysis shows that better educated Americans have a higher propensity to take the plunge. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

(FOX BUSINESS) – While the overall marriage rate in the U.S. has remained relatively stable over the past decade, new analysis shows that better educated Americans have a higher propensity to take the plunge.

In 2015, for adults ages 25 and older, those with a four-year college degree had a marriage rate of 65%, compared with 55% for those with some higher education and 50% for individuals with only a high school diploma, according to The Pew Research Center Opens a New Window. ’s analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

For all education categories, the marriage rate was above 65% just 25 years ago, the report noted.

For adults who have never been married, financial security is a main concern. For this section of individuals, more than 40% of those who have family incomes below $75,000 cite finances as a major obstacle.

As income levels decline, the rate of individuals who say financial stability is a major reason they are not married increases. That trend is also exacerbated among young adults (ages 18-29), 51% of whom say they are not financially stable enough to marry.

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