The marriage rate in the United States decreased from 76.5 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women in 1970 to 30.5 in 2019 (FP-20-24). Despite growing shares of men and women never marrying (FP-22-01; FP-22-02), most young people are not definitively rejecting marriage in the future. Using data from the Monitoring the Future study, this profile examines trends in high school seniors’ expectations to marry by parental educational attainment, gender, and race/ethnicity. This profile updates previous profiles on high school seniors’ expectations to marry using the most recent data available (FP-19-11; FP-16-14) and is a companion profile to High School Seniors’ Attitudes Towards Cohabitation as a Testing Ground for Marriage (FP-22-03).
Brown, Adrianne R., "FP-22-04 High School Seniors’ Expectations to Marry, 2020" (2022). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 273.
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