taken from Heritage.org
Marriage Rates Have Declined Dramatically
Marriage in America is in serious trouble. More Americans are cohabitating, fewer are marrying, and if they do wed it is at a much later age than previous generations. Although divorce rates have declined slightly over the past 20 years, pervasive no-fault divorce laws allow marital dissolution to continue plaguing American communities. Four out of 10 children are now born outside of marriage, increasing government dependence by leaving thousands more children without the social and economic stability of married households.
Since the 1960s, the percentage of married American adults has steadily declined.
Today, just over half of all American adults are currently married.
The proportion of married adults has decreased.
Over the past six decades, the percentage of adults who are married has steadily declined among all Americans. The decline has occurred more rapidly among African-American adults, among whom less than 40 percent are married.
PERCENT OF MARRIED ADULTS, AGE 15 AND OLDER