The Psychology of Everyday Life:Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage


What has recent U.S. Census data shown about married life in America?

The data in the table below describes the percentage of men and women in 2004 who have never married or who have been divorced. As the table shows, the traditional nuclear family is only one of many lifestyles favored within the United States.

Gender/Age Group % Never Married % Divorced
Men 25–29 53.6 5.1
Men 30–34 30.3 13.1
Men 35–39 20.2 20.7
Women 25–29 41.3 7.0
Women 30–34 22.3 17.1
Women 35–39 16.2 25.6

Unmarried People in the United States in 2004

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