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Retirement Beats Marriage on Americans' 2021 Priority List

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Life Happens is conducting its annual “Insure Your Life” life insurance and financial security awareness campaign this month — at a time when many Americans seemed to be more interested in money than love.

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The Arlington, Virginia-based nonprofit group sponsored a consumer survey to support the Valentine’s Day-linked outreach effort. An outside polling firm surveyed about 2,000 U.S. adults and asked the participants to rank life milestones in terms of importance.

Only 22% of the participants ranked marriage as a top life milestone, and marriage failed to rank among the most important five milestones.

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Here are the top five milestones in terms of perceived importance, and the percentage of participants who classified those milestones as important:

  1. Financial Security: 38%
  2. Having a Successful Career: 28%
  3. Retirement: 27%
  4. Becoming Debt-Free: 26%
  5. Having Children: 26%

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