The tradition of marriage is alive and well in the United States, though the numbers are slightly down.
2.1 million couples exchanged vows in 2010. That’s 5,750 weddings each day. Back in 2000, there were 2.3 million marriages.
Both women and men are waiting slightly longer to marry. In 2011, the median age for women tying the knot was 26.9. Back in 2008, it was 26.2. The median age for men in 2011 was 28.9, up from 28 in 2008.
Breakups are also a constant. In 2009, the Census Bureau found that 9.2 of every 1,000 men got a divorce. 9.7 of every 1,000 women got a divorce that year.
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