Should You Wed Your High-School Sweetheart?

August 30, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

The always excellent Brian Palmer took a look at whether or not you should marry early:

  • The younger that people get married, the more likely they are to divorce.
    • Those who marry in their teens have a 54% chance of remaining married for the next 10 years.
    • Those who wait until they’re 25 see that rate climb to 78%.
  • Experts argue that the reason why the divorce rate has declined in the past 30 years is because the average age of matrimony has risen from 21 to 26 since the 70s.
  • However one study suggests that couples who met in school are happier than those who didn’t.
  • Nonreligious households are more likely to divorce.
  • Left-leaning states have lower divorce rates than their right-leaning counterparts.

You can find out how this ties into the 2012 American Presidential election and other statistics here.

Source: Slate