I found the following statistics from the Marriage Index quite interesting:

  • In 1970, 78.6 percent of adults age 20-54 were married. In 2008, it dropped to 57.2 percent
  • In 1970, 77.4 percent of first marriages were intact, but only 61.2 percent were intact in 2007
  • Today, only 60.3 percent of all babies are born to married couples, compared to 89.3 percent in 1970.
  • Half of all children born to cohabiting couples see those unions end by age five.
  • In 1970, 68.7 percent of all children lived with their own mother and father. In 2007, that percentage had dropped to 61.


HT: Al Mohler