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    What marriage rates were the year you were born

    It may seem more people than ever are getting married. In 1967, interracial marriage was legalized at the federal level; in 2015, same-sex marriage achieved the same victory. If you’re a late-20s-something professional, the seven wedding invitations on your fridge certainly imply more marriages than ever are happening.

    The data tells a different story.

    Marriage rates in the United States are on the decline. They’ve actually been sinking for decades, although there’s been a slight plateau in the last few years as the marriage rate stagnates at 6.8%, the lowest in recorded history. Marriage used to be an inevitability, but increasingly attitudes towards marriage reflect skepticism about its longevity and relative importance. If nothing else, people are putting it off: Pew reports that 20% of 18-29 year olds were married in 2010, compared with 59% in 1960.

    Youthful disdain is not married to matrimony. More young adults now return home after college and buy houses and cars later in life than their parents did. Financial instability could be a contributing factor: college is more expensive than ever, and many report feeling the job market is especially bleak. Another factor could be the increase in divorce rates in the last two decades of the 20th-century, meaning a large portion of traditional marrying age Americans have grown up in split households.

    Diving deep into how marriage rates have trended over the years, Stacker compiled data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) gathered by Randal Olson, as well as national marriage and divorce rates from 2000-2016 and Statista data about the national marriage rates from 1990-2016. The marriage rate was taken by dividing the overall population of the United States in a specific year by the number of marriages that occurred that year.

    So how much exactly have marriage rates changed over time? Read on to see the marriage rate in the year you were born, from 1920 to 2016.

  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane // Flickr
    2/ Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane // Flickr

    1920

    Population: 106,461,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,274,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.0%

     

  • John Oxley LIbrary, State Library of Queensland // Wikicommons
    3/ John Oxley LIbrary, State Library of Queensland // Wikicommons

    1921

    Population: 108,538,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,164,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.7%

  • Storye book // Wikicommons
    4/ Storye book // Wikicommons

    1922

    Population: 110,049,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,134,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • Underwood and Underwood, N. Y. // Wikicommons
    5/ Underwood and Underwood, N. Y. // Wikicommons

    1923

    Population: 111,947,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,230,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.0%

  • State Library of New South Wales // Flickr
    6/ State Library of New South Wales // Flickr

    1924

    Population: 114,109,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,185,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.4%

  • John Oxley LIbrary, State Library of Queensland // Wikicommons
    7/ John Oxley LIbrary, State Library of Queensland // Wikicommons

    1925

    Population: 115,829,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,188,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • Stanzman // Wikicommons
    8/ Stanzman // Wikicommons

    1926

    Population: 117,397,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,203,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.2%

  • 中华照相馆 // Wikicommons
    9/ 中华照相馆 // Wikicommons

    1927

    Population: 119,035,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,201,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.1%

  • Sam Hood // Wikicommons
    10/ Sam Hood // Wikicommons

    1928

    Population: 120,509,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,182,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.8%

  • John Boyd // Wikicommons
    11/ John Boyd // Wikicommons

    1929

    Population: 121,878,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,233,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.1%

  • Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane // Flickr
    12/ Fylkesarkivet i Sogn og Fjordane // Flickr

    1930

    Population: 123,188,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,127,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.1%

  • Mark Humphrys // Wikicommons
    13/ Mark Humphrys // Wikicommons

    1931

    Population: 124,149,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,061,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.5%

  • Adományozó/Donor: Nagy Csilla. // Wikicommons
    14/ Adományozó/Donor: Nagy Csilla. // Wikicommons

    1932

    Population: 124,949,000

    Number of Marriages: 982,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 7.9%

  • freeparking // Wikicommons
    15/ freeparking // Wikicommons

    1933

    Population: 125,690,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,098,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.7%

     

  • Sam Hood // Wikicommons
    16/ Sam Hood // Wikicommons

    1934

    Population: 126,485,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,302,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • The Telegraph // Wikicommons
    17/ The Telegraph // Wikicommons

    1935

    Population: 127,362,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,327,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.4%

  • U.S. National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons
    18/ U.S. National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

    1936

    Population: 128,181,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,369,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.7%

  • National Library of Australia // Wikicommons
    19/ National Library of Australia // Wikicommons

    1937

    Population: 128,961,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,451,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.3%

  • Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock
    20/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1938

    Population: 129,969,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,331,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.2%

  • Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons // Wikicommons
    21/ Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons // Wikicommons

    1939


    Population: 131,028,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,404,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.7%

  • State Library of Queensland, Australia // Wikicommons
    22/ State Library of Queensland, Australia // Wikicommons

    1940

    Population: 132,122,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,596,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.1%

  • Paul Townsend // Flickr
    23/ Paul Townsend // Flickr

    1941

    Population: 133,402,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,696,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.7%

  • Wikicommons
    24/ Wikicommons

    1942

    Population: 134,860,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,772,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 13.1%

  • Adományozó/Donor // Wikicommons
    25/ Adományozó/Donor // Wikicommons

    1943

    Population: 136,739,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,577,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.5%

  • Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons // Wikicommons
    26/ Galt Museum & Archives on The Commons // Wikicommons

    1944

    Population: 138,397,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,452,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.5%

  • Kiryat Ono Municipality // Wikicommons
    27/ Kiryat Ono Municipality // Wikicommons

    1945

    Population: 139,928,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,613,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.5%

  • Roman Nerud // Shutterstock
    28/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1946

    Population: 141,389,000

    Number of Marriages: 2,291,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 16.2%

  • Department of the Interior. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rosebud Agency. // Wikicommons
    29/ Department of the Interior. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Rosebud Agency. // Wikicommons

    1947

    Population: 144,126,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,992,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 13.8%

  • simpleinsomnia // Flickr
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    1948

    Population: 146,631,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,811,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.4%

  • Wikicommons
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    1949

    Population: 149,188,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,580,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.6%

  • Alan Levine // Flickr
    32/ Alan Levine // Flickr

    1950

    Population: 151,684,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,667,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.0%

  • KUCO // Shutterstock
    33/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1951

    Population: 154,287,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,595,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • Wikipedia
    34/ Wikipedia

    1952

    Population: 156,954,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,539,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.8%

  • trialsanderrors // Wikicommons
    35/ trialsanderrors // Wikicommons

    1953

    Population: 159,565,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,546,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.7%

  • Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd // Wikicommons
    36/ Queensland Newspapers Pty Ltd // Wikicommons

    1954

    Population: 162,391,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,490,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.2%

  • Panagiotis Kourtesiotis // Wikicommons
    37/ Panagiotis Kourtesiotis // Wikicommons

    1955

    Population: 165,275,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,531,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.3%

  • Wikipedia
    38/ Wikipedia

    1956

    Population: 168,221,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,585,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.4%

  • Smithsonian Institution // Flickr
    39/ Smithsonian Institution // Flickr

    1957

    Population: 171,274,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,518,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.9%

  • Brzostowska // Shutterstock
    40/ Brzostowska // Shutterstock

    1958

    Population: 174,141,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,451,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.3%

  • Jonathan Smith // Wikicommons
    41/ Jonathan Smith // Wikicommons

    1959

    Population: 177,130,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,494,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Tuloisela, Matti // Wikicommons
    42/ Tuloisela, Matti // Wikicommons

    1960

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Aftonbladet // Wikicommons
    43/ Aftonbladet // Wikicommons

    1961

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Brzostowska // Shutterstock
    44/ Brzostowska // Shutterstock

    1962

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Alexander Mokletsov // Wikicommons
    45/ Alexander Mokletsov // Wikicommons

    1963

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • KUCO // Shutterstock
    46/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1964

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock
    47/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1965

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • ABC Television // Wikicommons
    48/ ABC Television // Wikicommons

    1966

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Kaius Hedenström / Lehtikuva // Wikicommons
    49/ Kaius Hedenström / Lehtikuva // Wikicommons

    1967

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Wikipedia
    50/ Wikipedia

    1968

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Lyudmila2509 // Shutterstock
    51/ Lyudmila2509 // Shutterstock

    1969

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Lindsay Basson // Shutterstock
    52/ Lindsay Basson // Shutterstock

    1970

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report // Wikicommons
    53/ Warren K. Leffler, U.S. News & World Report // Wikicommons

    1971

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • KUCO // Shutterstock
    54/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1972

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • KUCO // Shutterstock
    55/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1973

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Roman Nerud // Shutterstock
    56/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1974

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Bohdan Rodyuk Chekan // Wikicommons
    57/ Bohdan Rodyuk Chekan // Wikicommons

    1975

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Nantucket Historical Association // Wikicommons
    58/ Nantucket Historical Association // Wikicommons

    1976

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock
    59/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1977

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • tiffany terry // Flickr
    60/ tiffany terry // Flickr

    1978

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Ion Chibzii // Wikicommons
    61/ Ion Chibzii // Wikicommons

    1979

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Steven & Courtney Johnson // Flickr
    62/ Steven & Courtney Johnson // Flickr

    1980

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Joe Haupt // Flickr
    63/ Joe Haupt // Flickr

    1981

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Tiếng Việt // Wikicommons
    64/ Tiếng Việt // Wikicommons

    1982

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Scotch Mist // Wikicommons
    65/ Scotch Mist // Wikicommons

    1983

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • J Hansson // Wikicommons
    66/ J Hansson // Wikicommons

    1984

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Sarah Stewart // Wikicommons
    67/ Sarah Stewart // Wikicommons

    1985

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter // Flickr
    68/ Cambodia4kids.org Beth Kanter // Flickr

    1986

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • bruce frick // Flickr
    69/ bruce frick // Flickr

    1987

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Roman Nerud // Shutterstock
    70/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1988

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Ranveig // Wikicommons
    71/ Ranveig // Wikicommons

    1989

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • GeorgeLouis // Wikicommons
    72/ GeorgeLouis // Wikicommons

    1990

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Joint Base San Antonio
    73/ Joint Base San Antonio

    1991

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Joachim Specht // Wikicommons
    74/ Joachim Specht // Wikicommons

    1992

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • TriStar Pictures
    75/ TriStar Pictures

    1993

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • MGM pictures
    76/ MGM pictures

    1994

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Universal Pictures
    77/ Universal Pictures

    1995

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Roger W // Flickr
    78/ Roger W // Flickr

    1996

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Eden, Janine and Jim // Flickr
    79/ Eden, Janine and Jim // Flickr

    1997

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  •  Cinema Vehicle Services
    80/ Cinema Vehicle Services

    1998

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Herry Lawford // Flickr
    81/ Herry Lawford // Flickr

    1999

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Twentieth Century Fox
    82/ Twentieth Century Fox

    2000

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Joe Haupt // Flickr
    83/ Joe Haupt // Flickr

    2001

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick // Flickr
    84/ Kelly Sue DeConnick // Flickr

    2002

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • David Ball // Wikicommons
    85/ David Ball // Wikicommons

    2003

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Orientalist1979 // Wikicommons
    86/ Orientalist1979 // Wikicommons

    2004

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Marc van der Chijs // Flickr
    87/ Marc van der Chijs // Flickr

    2005

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Iweta and Vasik Rajlich // Wikicommons
    88/ Iweta and Vasik Rajlich // Wikicommons

    2006

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • H3yjt // Wikicommons
    89/ H3yjt // Wikicommons

    2007

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • George W. Bush White House
    90/ George W. Bush White House

    2008

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • United States Navy // Wikicommons
    91/ United States Navy // Wikicommons

    2009

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Prolineserve // Wikicommons
    92/ Prolineserve // Wikicommons

    2010

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Dutourdumonde Photography // Shutterstock
    93/ Dutourdumonde Photography // Shutterstock

    2011

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Denis Probst // Wikicommons
    94/ Denis Probst // Wikicommons

    2012

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Nek Vardikos // Wikicommons
    95/ Nek Vardikos // Wikicommons

    2013

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Victor Grigas // Wikicommons
    96/ Victor Grigas // Wikicommons

    2014

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • Giordano Benacci // Wikicommons
    97/ Giordano Benacci // Wikicommons

    2015

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • KUCO // Shutterstock
    98/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    2016

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

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