You unmarried and 30?

Good. That means you’re probably highly educated and living in DC. CNN has a report on marriage that has two very interesting points:

“Later marriage is very strongly associated with higher levels of education,” said David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.

Yup, that means smart folks realize that marriage isn’t an economic requirement anymore, just a social expectation. A social expectation that thankfully sets us apart form other places in America:

Men wait longer than women to marry in every state, and no one gets married younger than couples in Utah, where the median age is 21.9 for women and 23.9 for men. At the other end of the spectrum, men and women in Washington, D.C., both wait until they are about 30.

Just be carefull in your singleness. All things unmarried are not wonderful.

“Single parenthood and poverty are about as closely related as you can get,” Popenoe said. The states with the most unwed new mothers also tended to be the ones with the highest percentage of new mothers living in poverty. Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of new mothers who were unmarried, at 53.4 percent. The city also had the highest percentage of new mothers living in poverty, at 36.3 percent.

2 Comments so far

  1. Christian (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 1:03 am

    Tell us something we didn’t know ;-)

    However, I’m not sure the improverished single moms found by these statistics are the same as the highly educated single people who wait until 30 for marriage. What is their median age and income? Sadly, they’re probably a different group than educated, white-collar single moms who have health insurance and daycare.

  2. Hottie (unregistered) on October 14th, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

    Lord knows it’s taking me a long time to get married.

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