Adults in the US are increasingly postponing marriage and choosing to cohabitate with their partners first. Although many indicate that they will one day marry, cohabitating has become in many instances, a couples first coresidential union. There have been broad assumptions that the recent economic collapse could have caused the postponement of marriage, but there has been no concrete evidence to prove so and the trend seems to have activated organically.
The data has been documented by The 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) which is jointly planned and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and myriad other programs of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The analysis is based on a national sample of 12,279 women and 10,403 men aged 15-44 in the household population of the US. The conclusion was drawn after the data was compared from previous NSFG studies that were conducted in 1982, 1995 and 2002.