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Marriage rate fairly stable since Great Recession
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Many may think marriage in America is on the decline. But recent data from Bowling Green State University shows that compared to the first eight years of the millennia, the marriage rate has remained fairly stable. - photo by istockphoto.com

Many may think marriage in America is on the decline. But recent data from Bowling Green State University shows that compared to the first eight years of the millennia, the marriage rate has remained fairly stable.

The data showed the United States’ marriage rate dropped from 46.4 to 37.5 from 2000 to 2008. In the five years since, the marriage rate hasn’t seen that big of a drop, with the biggest change taking place during the Great Recession from 2008 to 2010.

Since the Great Recession, though, the marriage rate has hovered in the 30s, landing at 33.2 in 2013 -- a 4.3 drop in the last five years.

This is more evidence that marriage isn’t going anywhere in the United States, it’s just changing. Americans, mainly women, are waiting to get married until they feel more financially secure.

Take a look at this graphic to see how since 2010, or the end of the Great Recession, the marriage rate has remained fairly stable.

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