New study: Modern American family changing

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Friday, September 13, 2013 - 10:25am

The new trend of the modern American family that has emerged over the past decade is very different from what we've seen in the past. Marriages are down and permanent singlehood and divorces are up.

Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed data from sources like the 2000 "Us Census" and "The American Community Survey" from 2008 to 2010.

It shows that young people are delaying marriage longer than ever before. In 2008 to 2010 43-percent of 20-to-24 year olds and 19-percent of 25-to-29 year olds still lived with their parents.

Meanwhile, the percentage of U.S. born women age 20 to 24 who have ever been married declined from 31-percent to 19-percent. For men, also, a decline from 21-percent to 11-percent.

By ages 50 to 54, 13-percent of American born men and 10-percent of women remained unmarried.

Divorces also increased during the last decade. The proportion of men married more than once has increased from 17-percent in 1980 to 25-percent in the last decade and those results were nearly the same for women.


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