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American Marriage Is Declining!

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Written by Joe Scudder

The age of the bride and groom is increasing for the average American marriage; expect demographic consequences.

Much of this Bloomberg story is merely about how the American marriage is providing less revenue to the wedding industry. But the news is worse than that. The average age when Americans get married is increasing, which will have consequence on the number of births we see.

Horribly, the article uses the demographics of Europe to make it seem like the state of American marriage is nothing to worry about. But Europe is turning into a ghost town! That’s part of the reason the sudden influx of migrants is such a problem.

Bloomberg reports, “Why You’re Being Invited to Fewer Weddings.

In 2015, the median first-time American bride was almost 28 years old and the median groom almost 30, according to the most recent data available from the Census Bureau. (Ten years earlier, the typical bride was 25.5, the typical groom 27.)

The U.S. marriage rate—the number of new marriages per 1,000 people—has been falling for decades. It fell especially fast during the recession, in 2008 and 2009, but there’s little evidence that people started getting married again even as the economy recovered. And research firm IbisWorld predicts the marriage rate will keep falling over the next five years.

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The U.S. marriage rate would need to fall by about a third to reach the marriage rates in other developed countries. The most recent data show a U.S. marriage rate of 6.9, compared with an average rate of 4.6 for countries in the European Union.

In Europe, and increasingly in the U.S., many couples are postponing marriage indefinitely, as it becomes more socially acceptable for couples to live together and have children together outside the bonds of marriage.

The end result isn’t automatically fewer total weddings; even as the marriage rate falls, the population rises. But the number of U.S. weddings did fall last year, by 0.5 percent, to 2.162 million, according to estimates by the Wedding Report, a market-research firm specializing in the wedding industry.

Read the entire Bloomberg story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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