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Just 52.6 percent of American adults are married, a new record low, according to Census data released Wednesday.

The new figure, representing about 133 million people for 2014, is a tick down from the 52.7 percent registered in 2013. The rate hasn't increased since 2010.

Among 18- to 34-year-olds, the rate fell to 29.5 percent from 30 percent. Ten years ago, the rate for that age group was 36.4 percent.

In 2014, 53.8 percent of American men were married.


While 51.4 percent of women were.

The median marrying ages for men and women also hit new all-time highs last year. For men, the median age increased to 29.3 from 29 while for women it climbed to 27.0 from 26.6. The ages have been on a more or less continuous upward swing for more than a decade after stalling out in the early 2000s.


While demographers have long argued marriage promotes economic stability, it definitely does not guarantee it. The Census also said today that the number of married families that must feed their children using food stamps has surged to 5.7 million, from 2.7 million in 2007. Food stamp use increased for all family types during this period, but climbed faster among married couples than single mothers.


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