CLEVELAND — Not in a hurry to get hitched, more people these days are putting off getting married or choosing to never get married, according to a new study by the National Center for Family & Marriage Research.
The study showed that the marriage rate in the United States went down by nearly 60% over the last 50 years.
“A lot of my clients are like: ‘If I get married in the future that’s fine, but I just want to be with somebody that wants to do the same things I like to do,’” said Vanessa Sescila with “It’s Just Lunch,” a professional matchmaking company. “I think people are basing their relationships on more common interests, you know, getting out there and are not focusing so much on: ‘OK, we need to be married next year.’”
According to the study, the marriage rate in 1970 was at 76.5%, and todayt, it stands at just over 31%.
The study shows the groups seeing the biggest decline in people getting married include Hispanic and Black women.
The number of Hispanic women getting married went down 33%, and the number of Black women getting married dropped 60% over the last 50 years.