Love, by the Numbers

Presents statistics on marriage and cohabitation in the United States.

By PT Staff, published on November 1, 1995 - last reviewed on June 19, 2012

Number of unmarried adults, 1970:37.5 million

Number of unmarried adults, 1993:72.6 million

Average age at first marriage, for women, in 1960:21.3

Average age at first marriage, for women, in 1993:24.5

Average age at first marriage, for men, in 1960:22.8

Average age at first marriage, for men, in 1993: 26.5

Percent increase since 1970 in number of unmarried couples living together: 45

Percent of married couples in 1990 who lived their spouse before marriage: 39

Percent of adults in 1990 who by age 34 had cohabited with a partner: 45

Percent of previously cohabiting married couples who divorce within 10 years: 38

Percent of married couples previously living separately who divorce within 10 years: 27

Average married couple's estimate of their chance of divorce: 1 in 10

Percent of people who marry at least once by age 50:90

Source: APA Monitor. September 1995

PHOTO (BLACK & WHITE): Married couple