Marriage rates at an all-time low
POSTED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 5:42pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 6:07pm
TYLER — Less people are currently married in the US than ever before.
According to new research, marriage rates have hit a historic low.
Just over half of Americans are currently married.
That's way down from the 1960's, when the marriage rate was at 72 percent.
Minister of Marriage and Family for Green Acres Baptist Church Ken Brumley says it's not necessarily a bad thing.
"The travel, the ability to move country to country, adventure, availability of money... (to) experience the world before they get married ... I think it's a great thing," Brumley said.
The newly released analysis also shows a majority of people who aren't married now still want to get hitched eventually.
"People want to get their career going, bank accounts, stabilize before they get married," Brumley said. "I think they're going against the norms."
Brumley think the reasons for a delay could also have to do with a person's family dynamic.
"The impact of seeing their parents who got divorced ... so many of them don't know how they want their marriage to be, but know how they don't want it to be," he said.
With more couples living together beforehand, too, Brumley says it goes back to that old saying ...
"Why do i buy the cow if i can milk it free?" he said. "And it goes both ways, too."
The study also shows the average age at which people marry is rising, and of those who have already been married ... only 27 percent of them want to marry again.
For the full analysis of the study released Wednesday, click here.