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Youth Indicators, 2005: Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth

Indicator 4: Marriage

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Table 4. Number of marriages, percentage of persons who are married, and median age at first marriage: Various years, 1950 to 2003
 Percentage of persons 15 years old and over who are married2 Median age at first marriage
YearNumber of marriages1
[in thousands]
TotalMaleFemaleMaleFemale
19501,66766.6367.5365.8322.820.3
19551,53122.620.2
19601,52367.6369.3365.9322.820.3
19651,80022.820.6
19702,15964.266.861.923.220.8
19752,15323.521.1
19802,39061.063.258.924.722.0
19852,41325.523.3
19862,40725.723.1
19872,40325.823.6
19882,39625.923.6
19892,40326.223.8
19902,44358.760.756.926.123.9
19912,37126.324.1
19922,36226.524.4
19932,33458.159.956.426.524.5
19942,36257.459.055.926.724.5
19952,33657.558.956.226.924.5
19962,34457.058.555.627.124.8
19972,38456.357.854.926.825.0
19982,24456.458.054.926.725.0
19992,35856.257.954.726.925.1
20002,32956.257.954.726.825.1
20012,34556.258.054.626.925.1
20022,25455.757.454.226.925.3
200355.657.254.027.125.3
Not available.
1Includes remarriages.
2Includes separated married couples.
31950 and 1960 data are for the population 14 years old and over.
NOTE: Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2004; Current Population Reports, Series P-20, Household and Family Characteristics, Marital Status and Living Arrangements, and America's Families and Living Arrangements, nos. 468, 478, 491, and 553; Table MS-1: Marial Status of the Population 15 Years Old and Over, by Sex and Race: 1950 to Present; and Marital Status Historical Time Series Table MS-2: Estimated Median Age at First Marriage, by Sex: 1890 to the Present, 2004. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics, Monthly Vital Statistics Report, various years; National Vital Statistics Reports, various years; and Vital Statistics of the United States, various years.

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