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City Journal's Hymowitz: People Get Married Much Later Today

By    |   Friday, 26 Sep 2014 06:42 PM

Marriage has become a waiting game, according to Kay Hymowitz, a William E. Simon Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor at City Journal.

"A lot of what's happened isn't so much that people are not married, it's that they're getting married much, much later," Hymowitz told Joe Concha, guest host of "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"In 1960, it would be a typical age for a woman to marry around 20 or 21 and for a man to marry at 22 or 23. Today, the average number is 27 for women and 29 for men and among college educated tends to be much later."

Changes in career patterns also play a role in delaying marriage, said Hymowitz, author of "Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age," published by Ivan R. Dee.

"It takes much longer to get a foothold in the labor market these days. You need more education, you need more flexibility to move around between cities and countries and young people are taking their time," she said.

"There's a lot to keep them busy. Not to mention the fact that it's perfectly okay to have sex these days before marriage, which wasn't the case always before. That's one reason that people married younger. Their options were much more limited."

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