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Marriage

In the fourth of our series on millennials, we see marriage rates are yet another way today’s young adults are unlike their predecessors.

In 1980, when many baby boomers were between the ages of 25 and 34, only 20.6 percent of U.S. residents in this age group had never been married. Wisconsin’s rate that year was similar, at 20 percent.

More than three decades later, individuals 25 to 34 are now part of the millennial generation. By 2015, the share of this age group that had never been married climbed dramatically.

According to the Pew Foundation, these higher rates are not necessarily attributed to a disinterest in marriage, but are partly due to a lack of personal income.

Based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, what share of Wisconsin’s residents between the ages of 25 and 34 had never been married in 2015?

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A. 30 percent

B. 40 percent

C. 50 percent

D. 60 percent

Answer: C. In 2015, 50 percent of Wisconsin’s residents ages 25 to 34 had never been married, a slightly lesser amount than the U.S. rate of almost 53 percent.

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— Matt Kures, UW-Extension; matthew.kures@ces.uwex.edu

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