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More married couples make 10th anniversary

Updated: June 25, 2011 12:29AM

After decades of increases, U.S. divorces are leveling off with couples now slightly more likely to reach their 10-year wedding anniversary.

But the “seven-year itch” among couples persists, with nearly one out of two first marriages estimated to end in divorce.

About 75 percent of those who have married since 1990 reported they had reached their 10-year anniversary. That’s up about 3 percent for both men and women who married a decade earlier in the 1980s, when divorce rates in the U.S. had peaked, according to recently released census figures.

The median age of first marriage last year was 28 for men and 26 for women. That’s up from 23 for men and 20 for women in 1950.


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