Marriage Statistics: The Biggest Surprises About Love, Sex, and More

More men remarry than women

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A failed marriage or death of a spouse does not mean you’ll never walk down the aisle again. Men, in particular, remarry more often than women. The Pew Research Center analyzed the 2013 U.S. Census Bureau data to find that 64 percent of previously married men said, “I do” again compared to 52 percent of formerly married women. One reason for this gap could be that more than half of previously married women don’t want to ever marry again compared to 30 percent of men, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.

Divorce rates are declining

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You’ve probably heard the often-cited statistic that divorce rates are on the rise. Well, research shows that U.S. divorce rates have actually been declining since its peak of 40 percent around 1980. In fact, the chances of a first marriage lasting at least ten years were 68 percent for women and 70 percent for men, according to the National Survey of Family Growth. For the 20-year mark, the probability decreases to 52 percent for women and 56 percent for men. Another estimate claims that three-quarters of couples married in the 1990s would at least hit their 15-year anniversary compared to the 65 percent of couples who were hitched in the 1980s. Don’t miss these insightful marriage tips from grandmas to abide by in your own relationship.

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