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Nearly 40 percent women have never been married fewer are first marriage according new government report.

Nearly 40 percent of women have never been married, and fewer are in a first marriage, according to a new government report.

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Updated: April 24, 2012 8:16AM



Nearly 40 percent of women have never been married, and fewer are in a first marriage, according to a new government report.

The study released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics is based on 22,682 in-person interviews from 2006 to 2010 with men and women (not couples) ages 15 to 44. Among the 12,279 women studied, the percentage of never-marrieds rose to 38 percent from 33 percent in 1995.

The highest percentage of women who have never married was among blacks (55 percent), followed by U.S.-born Hispanics (49 percent), Asians (39 percent) and whites (34 percent).

The percentage of women who said they were in a first marriage declined to 36 percent, from 44 percent in 1982. Similar data on men weren’t collected until 2002.

The data reflect not only the “delay in getting married for the first time” but also “that more people are cohabiting,” says Galena Rhoades of the University of Denver’s Center for Marital and Family Studies.

The data show that nearly one in two marriages break up within 20 years; 1995 data found that 50 percent of all women’s first marriages survived. The new data show that 52 percent of women’s first marriages survived the 20-year mark. Among men, 56 percent of marriages did.



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