This trend cuts across all major racial and ethnic groups but has been more pronounced among blacks.
Fully 36% of blacks ages 25 and older had never been married in 2012, up from 9% in 1960.
Adults are marrying later in life, and the shares of adults cohabiting and raising children outside of marriage have increased significantly.
That question has been asked in one form or another in a series of news reports about the black marriage “crisis.” On the surface, such stories seem to be concerned about black women in search of love, but these media reports have largely served to fuel stereotypes about African Americans.
Moreover, by suggesting that too few black men are available to wed, news stories on black marriage have done little more than predict doom and gloom for African American women who hope to marry.
As Values, Economics and Gender Patterns Change By Wendy Wang and Kim Parker After decades of declining marriage rates and changes in family structure, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an historic high.
In 2012, one-in-five adults ages 25 and older (about 42 million people) had never been married, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.