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Marriage trends by the numbers

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January 31, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

Thinking of waiting to tie the knot? You're not alone. About 20 percent of American adults ages 18-29 are married, compared with 59 percent in 1960. Other results from a Pew Research Center study released in December found that the median age for first marriages is expanding.

The median age at first marriage

For women in 2010: 26.5

For women in 1990: 23.9

For women in 1960: 20.3

For men in 2010: 28.7

For men in 1990: 26.1

For men in 1960: 22.8

Number of newly married U.S. adults

2010: 4.2 million

2009: 4.4 million

2008: 4.5 million

Pew asked 2,600 American adults in October if marriage is becoming obsolete. The percentage of those who agreed:

44 percent: Adults ages 18-29

41 percent: Adults ages 30-49

36 percent: White adults

44 percent: Black adults

42 percent: Hispanic adults

tswartz@tribune.com | @tracyswartz

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