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    1/ State Library of New South Wales // Flickr

    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.

  • 1920
    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%

     

  • 1921
    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%

  • 1922
    4/ Storye book // Wikicommons

    1922

    Population: 110,049,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,134,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • 1923
    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%

  • 1924
    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%

  • 1925
    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%

  • 1926
    8/ Stanzman // Wikicommons

    1926

    Population: 117,397,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,203,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.2%

  • 1927
    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%

  • 1928
    10/ Sam Hood // Wikicommons

    1928

    Population: 120,509,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,182,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.8%

  • 1929
    11/ John Boyd // Wikicommons

    1929

    Population: 121,878,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,233,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.1%

  • 1930
    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%

  • 1931
    13/ Mark Humphrys // Wikicommons

    1931

    Population: 124,149,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,061,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.5%

  • 1932
    14/ Adományozó/Donor: Nagy Csilla. // Wikicommons

    1932

    Population: 124,949,000

    Number of Marriages: 982,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 7.9%

  • 1933
    15/ freeparking // Wikicommons

    1933

    Population: 125,690,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,098,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.7%

     

  • 1934
    16/ Sam Hood // Wikicommons

    1934

    Population: 126,485,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,302,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • 1935
    17/ The Telegraph // Wikicommons

    1935

    Population: 127,362,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,327,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.4%

  • 1936
    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%

  • 1937
    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%

  • 1938
    20/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1938

    Population: 129,969,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,331,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.2%

  • 1939
    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%

  • 1940
    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%

  • 1941
    23/ Paul Townsend // Flickr

    1941

    Population: 133,402,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,696,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.7%

  • 1942
    24/ Wikicommons

    1942

    Population: 134,860,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,772,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 13.1%

  • 1943
    25/ Adományozó/Donor // Wikicommons

    1943

    Population: 136,739,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,577,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.5%

  • 1944
    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%

  • 1945
    27/ Kiryat Ono Municipality // Wikicommons

    1945

    Population: 139,928,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,613,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.5%

  • 1946
    28/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1946

    Population: 141,389,000

    Number of Marriages: 2,291,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 16.2%

  • 1947
    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%

  • 1948
    30/ simpleinsomnia // Flickr

    1948

    Population: 146,631,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,811,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 12.4%

  • 1949
    31/ Wikicommons

    1949

    Population: 149,188,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,580,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.6%

  • 1950
    32/ Alan Levine // Flickr

    1950

    Population: 151,684,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,667,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 11.0%

  • 1951
    33/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1951

    Population: 154,287,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,595,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 10.3%

  • 1952
    34/ Wikipedia

    1952

    Population: 156,954,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,539,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.8%

  • 1953
    35/ trialsanderrors // Wikicommons

    1953

    Population: 159,565,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,546,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.7%

  • 1954
    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%

  • 1955
    37/ Panagiotis Kourtesiotis // Wikicommons

    1955

    Population: 165,275,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,531,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.3%

  • 1956
    38/ Wikipedia

    1956

    Population: 168,221,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,585,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 9.4%

  • 1957
    39/ Smithsonian Institution // Flickr

    1957

    Population: 171,274,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,518,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.9%

  • 1958
    40/ Brzostowska // Shutterstock

    1958

    Population: 174,141,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,451,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.3%

  • 1959
    41/ Jonathan Smith // Wikicommons

    1959

    Population: 177,130,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,494,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1960
    42/ Tuloisela, Matti // Wikicommons

    1960

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1961
    43/ Aftonbladet // Wikicommons

    1961

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1962
    44/ Brzostowska // Shutterstock

    1962

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1963
    45/ Alexander Mokletsov // Wikicommons

    1963

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1964
    46/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1964

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1965
    47/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1965

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1966
    48/ ABC Television // Wikicommons

    1966

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1967
    49/ Kaius Hedenström / Lehtikuva // Wikicommons

    1967

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1968
    50/ Wikipedia

    1968

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1969
    51/ Lyudmila2509 // Shutterstock

    1969

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1970
    52/ Lindsay Basson // Shutterstock

    1970

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1971
    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%

  • 1972
    54/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1972

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1973
    55/ KUCO // Shutterstock

    1973

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1974
    56/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1974

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1975
    57/ Bohdan Rodyuk Chekan // Wikicommons

    1975

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1976
    58/ Nantucket Historical Association // Wikicommons

    1976

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1977
    59/ Elzbieta Sekowska // Shutterstock

    1977

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1978
    60/ tiffany terry // Flickr

    1978

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1979
    61/ Ion Chibzii // Wikicommons

    1979

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1980
    62/ Steven & Courtney Johnson // Flickr

    1980

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1981
    63/ Joe Haupt // Flickr

    1981

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1982
    64/ Tiếng Việt // Wikicommons

    1982

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1983
    65/ Scotch Mist // Wikicommons

    1983

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1984
    66/ J Hansson // Wikicommons

    1984

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1985
    67/ Sarah Stewart // Wikicommons

    1985

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1986
    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%

  • 1987
    69/ bruce frick // Flickr

    1987

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1988
    70/ Roman Nerud // Shutterstock

    1988

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1989
    71/ Ranveig // Wikicommons

    1989

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1990
    72/ GeorgeLouis // Wikicommons

    1990

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1991
    73/ Joint Base San Antonio

    1991

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1992
    74/ Joachim Specht // Wikicommons

    1992

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1993
    75/ TriStar Pictures

    1993

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1994
    76/ MGM pictures

    1994

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1995
    77/ Universal Pictures

    1995

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1996
    78/ Roger W // Flickr

    1996

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1997
    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%

  • 1998
    80/ Cinema Vehicle Services

    1998

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 1999
    81/ Herry Lawford // Flickr

    1999

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2000
    82/ Twentieth Century Fox

    2000

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2001
    83/ Joe Haupt // Flickr

    2001

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2002
    84/ Kelly Sue DeConnick // Flickr

    2002

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2003
    85/ David Ball // Wikicommons

    2003

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2004
    86/ Orientalist1979 // Wikicommons

    2004

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2005
    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%

  • 2006
    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%

  • 2007
    89/ H3yjt // Wikicommons

    2007

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2008
    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%

  • 2009
    91/ United States Navy // Wikicommons

    2009

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2010
    92/ Prolineserve // Wikicommons

    2010

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2011
    93/ Dutourdumonde Photography // Shutterstock

    2011

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2012
    94/ Denis Probst // Wikicommons

    2012

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2013
    95/ Nek Vardikos // Wikicommons

    2013

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2014
    96/ Victor Grigas // Wikicommons

    2014

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2015
    97/ Giordano Benacci // Wikicommons

    2015

    Population: 180,760,000

    Number of Marriages: 1,523,000

    Marriage rate per 1000 total population: 8.4%

  • 2016
    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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