Trends in Marriage: Cohabitation usurps marriage as most common experience in young adults

National Center for Family & Marriage Research

Research from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research shows that the timing and sequencing of major life events marking the transition to adulthood have changed over the past few decades. Although most young people expect to marry at some point in their lives, the age at first marriage is at a historic high.

Using data from the National Survey of Family Growth (1995 and 2011/13), this profile presents changes in the experiences of ever marrying and cohabiting among young adult women (aged 25-29) between 1995 and 2011/13.

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