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Census Bureau: More Americans Marrying Twice or More

By    |   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 12:39 PM

There is an increase in the number of Americans who are remarrying two or more times, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Seventeen percent of Americans remarried after a first marriage failed from 2008 to 2012. The U.S. Census Bureau data includes those who are 15 and older and found that those numbers include 13 percent men and 4 percent of women have said "I do" at least twice.

Since 1996, there has been a decrease in the percentage of adults who married once, to 50 percent from 54 percent for men and 54 percent from 60 percent for women. During the same period, the increase in those that had remarried more than once occurred for women aged 50 and older and for men aged 60 and older.

Education and income plays a role in the remarriage rates, with 64 percent of those who have only been married once had at least a bachelor's degree. Seventy percent of adults who make at least $100,000 per year married one time.

While 58 percent of recent marriages were the first marriage for both husband and wife, 21 percent of recent marriages include at least one person marrying for the second time.

In addition, according to the report, "remarried adults have a higher likelihood of divorce than those in their first marriage."

"In 1990, 54 percent of marriages were the first for both spouses," said Jamie Lewis, an analyst in the Census Bureau’s Fertility and Family Statistics Branch and one of the report’s authors.

"Now, newlyweds are more likely to be walking down the aisle for the first time — 58 percent of recent marriages were a first for both," Lewis explained. "The stabilization or slight decrease in the divorce rate during this period may explain why more marriages today are first marriages."

The data is from the American Community Survey: 2008-2012, which is when the bureau first began asking about remarriages.

Pew Research Center reported in November that 23 percent of marriages in 2013 included those who had previously been married. In 1960, 13 percent had been married more than once.

The bureau has proposed ending all questions about marriage and divorce in its American Community Survey. Some conservative lawmakers say that asking such questions is an invasion of privacy.

Collecting such data has strong support from academic researchers and social conservatives who argue that marriage data is helpful when arguing against same-sex marriage.

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