Photo: Marriage Outdated for Latinos
Barely half of all adults in the United States—a record low—are currently married, and the median age at first marriage has never been higher for brides (26.5 years) and grooms (28.7), according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census data.
Among the major racial and ethnic groups, the rates of new marriages—that is, number of newlyweds per thousand unmarried and newly married adults—declined for all groups. Even though the new marriage rate was highest for Asians, the drop was sharpest for this group.
The study shows that in 1960 72% of Latinos were married and in 2010 only 48% are. 42% of Latinos are saying that the act of marriage is out of date. Overall in the U.S. 4 out of 10 Americans don’t see marriage as a necessity in their life.