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Various and Sundry Statistics… on Home and Families

image Cohabitation Between 50% and 60% of all American marriages begin with the partners cohabitating. Yet living together before marriage increases the chances of divorce in a first marriage. 67% of cohabitating couples eventually divorce vs. the first marriage norm of 45%. The number of cohabitating couples has soared from about 439,000 in 1960 to more than 5 million in ’08. About 10% of couples who married between ’65 and ’74 lived together before marriage vs. more than 50% today. (Baptist Press 3/26/08)

Nuclear families have dropped to below 25% of all U.S. households. (HomeWord.com)

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