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Census Shows Married Couples For The First Time In The Minority, Sociologist Believes Women In Louisiana Too Dumb To Get Married

May 29, 2011

Leung is indicative of that trend. She’s got a marketing job in a trendy city, writes a personal blog on living a gluten-free lifestyle and has plans to get married – eventually.

The median age for first marriages has climbed steadily since the 1960s, when men got married at about 23 years old, and women at 20. Now, men are waiting until they’re 28 and women are holding off until 26.

The data supports that, as the Census Bureau reported last year that opposite-sex unmarried couples living together jumped 13 percent from 2009 to 7.5 million.
And attitudes on marriage are changing, too. About 39 percent of Americans say marriage is becoming obsolete, according to a Pew Research Center study published in November, up from 28 percent in 1978.

The state to buck the declining-marriage trend is Utah, where 61 percent of households are led by married couples. On the opposite side of the spectrum is Louisiana, which has the second-lowest percent of married people heading households. Louisiana State University sociologist Troy Blanchard said rural and urban poverty plays a major role.

“There’s a lot of unmarried female householders, a lot of concentrated poverty where they don’t have maybe the education or resources that allows for (marriage),” Blanchard said,

Blanchard believes women in Louisiana too dumb to get married.