Chirp - Downward trend for marriage

The number of marrying adults has declined since 2008, according to a new Pew Research Center report based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.  In both 2010 and 2011, about 4.2 million adults married, compared to 4.5 million newlyweds in 2008.  The Pew report concludes that the recent decline in marrying adults reflects a long-term trend:  “Marriage increasingly is being replaced by cohabitation, single-person households and other adult living arrangements.”  In 2010 and 2011, 51% of adults were married compared with 72% in 1960.