National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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Over the past few decades, there have been considerable changes in union formation in the U.S. Using data from the Current Population Survey (CPS), we examine the relationship status trends of adults aged 18-40 by age group and gender from 2019 to 2021 (amid the COVID-19 pandemic). For this profile, single is defined as those who are neither married nor cohabiting with a partner. Between 2019 and 2021, the share of adults under the age of 40 who were married declined slightly for both men and women in all age groups (except for women aged 35-39 who remained relatively constant). There were no dramatic shifts in relationship status prior to the pandemic and during the pandemic.

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research