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Married minority

by Bill Osler / October 17, 2006 7:42 AM PDT

A friend of mine told me that he heard a news story claiming that the majority of couples are no longer married. I think he got it wrong. The closest I could come was this:
To Be Married Means to Be Outnumbered - New York Times
Married couples, whose numbers have been declining for decades as a proportion of American households, have finally slipped into a minority, according to an analysis of new census figures by The New York Times.

The American Community Survey, released this month by the Census Bureau, found that 49.7 percent, or 55.2 million, of the nation?s 111.1 million households in 2005 were made up of married couples ? with and without children ? just shy of a majority and down from more than 52 percent five years earlier.

The numbers by no means suggests marriage is dead or necessarily that a tipping point has been reached. The total number of married couples is higher than ever, and most Americans eventually marry. But marriage has been facing more competition. A growing number of adults are spending more of their lives single or living unmarried with partners, and the potential social and economic implications are profound.



So it seems that married couples are in a minority, but not quite what my friend told me. Still, it represents a gradual shift that I hope will not continue.

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Plenty of ways to play with statistics
by Steven Haninger / October 17, 2006 8:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Married minority

Example

John and Mary get married and become a couple

Jeff and Jenny get married and also become a couple.

John and Mary divorce. They are no longer a couple.

Jeff and Jenny also divorce and are no long a couple.

John and Jenny take a shine to each other and so do Mary and Jeff. Both couples get married.

We now have two married couples and two "no longer married" couples using only 4 people in the entire mix...all of which are now married. Confused

I would think there could be a large margin of error depending on how data is manipulated and viewed. Still, anything not approaching 100% married when children are involved is sad to me.

So, I guess I now qualify as a minority and maybe finally have some clout. Happy

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(NT) (NT) and if they lived in massachusetts!!!
by WOODS-HICK / October 17, 2006 8:25 AM PDT
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Minority status isn't enough
by holtnr / October 17, 2006 9:45 AM PDT

after all, white males are a minority of this country, yet they're the only group that it is Politically Correct to discriminate against. Since Political correctness is defined by the counter-cultural (Leftist, socialist, Liberal, hippie...) <pick your favorite epithet here>, anything, (like marriage) that is, or was, Culturally Correct fails the test for Poliitcal Correctness.

The Culture WAR is real, just most people don't believe it or understand its seriousness.

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