HT Andrew Sullivan.
Categories: Love & Marriage in Middle America, Marriage
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How does age and delaying marriage play into these graphs?
What I mean is the age of first marriage has shifted up to the mid-20s, you wouldn’t expect many people who had not finished college to be married. Some of the people with hs or some college education could be young people who will get married later, whether or not they complete a four-year college program.
So is this a factor in the graphs? If so, how much of one?
Diane: Good question. I’m not sure of the answer in the case of this graph. But in general, I do know that these class gaps are very strong, even after the age considerations you mention are taken into account. That is, class differences in age of marriage do not make things even out.
I wasn’t thinking of class differences in age of marriage. I was thinking that in order to be in the college + group, you have to be over 21, so you would expect more of the group to be married. Then, since we are all marrying later now than in the past, it might distort things.
I’m also wondering how much of the graph is about people marrying later and therefore having a smaller percentage of the population married at all.
However, I believe that there is a class difference overall.