Wendy Wang of the Institute for Family Studies points to two seemingly contradictory trends in the American family:
“America is in the middle of two simultaneous trends related to marriage. Marriages today are more stable, thanks to the steady decline of divorce rates since the 1980s.
“At the same time, however, a declining share of Americans marry. In 2018, a record 35% of Americans ages 25 to 50, or 39 million, had never been married, according to a new Institute for Family Studies (IFS) analysis of U.S. Census data. The share was only 9% in 1970.”
This is important data for congressional staff in positions to help shape the federal government’s many ways of influencing on the family and everything and everybody related to it.