Out today is a new report, Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America, by the National Marriage Project, RELATE Institute, and the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. It’s an intriguing report, full of informative data about how delayed marriage is playing out differently in college educated America, and everywhere else.
Among the findings that stand out to me:
- Fifty eight percent of first births to high school educated mothers are outside of marriage. (Compared to 12 percent of births college educated mothers.)
- Eighty three percent of first births to mothers without a high school education are outside of marriage.
- By age 25, 44 percent of all women have had a baby. Thirty eight percent have been married.
- 35 percent of 20-something single men and cohabiting men report that they are “highly satisfied” with their life, compared to 52 percent of 20-something married men. (The stats are very comparable for women.)
- Sixty three percent of 25 year-old women have either been married or wish they were already married. The same is true for 48 percent of 25 year-old men
I’ll be responding to the report on a panel at Brookings on March 20 — come if you can, or watch live.