National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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In recent decades, rates of both first marriage and remarriage have declined (FP-20-01; FP-19-17). These trends can be partially attributed to the delay in first marriage formation with the median age at first marriage, now at record highs for women and men (FP-19-06). This profile uses data from the 2008 and 2018 American Community Survey 1-year estimates to investigate the proportions of currently married adults (men and women) in first marriages versus remarriages. We also examine variation in marriage order among currently married adults by age, education, and race/ethnicity for 2018. For a comparison of first marriage versus remarriage among women who married in the last year, see FP-19-08.

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research