As more U.S. adults are delaying marriage – or forgoing it altogether – the share who have ever lived with an unmarried partner has been on the rise.
37% of Americans have a negative view of the impact of same-sex marriage being legal, with 19% saying it is very bad for society.
College grads in U.S. tend to partner with each other – especially if their parents also graduated from college
In 2019, 81% of household heads with a bachelor’s degree or more education had a spouse or partner who was also a college graduate.
47% of U.S. adults say single women raising children on their own is generally a bad thing for society, an increase of 7 points since 2018.
On key economic outcomes, single adults at prime working age increasingly lag behind those who are married or cohabiting
On some demographic measures, people in same-sex marriages differ from those in opposite-sex marriages
Adults – particularly men – who are in same-sex marriages have a somewhat different demographic profile from adults in opposite-sex marriages.
In some countries – particularly in a segment of West and Central Africa – polygamy is frequently legal and widespread.
The share of unpartnered mothers who are employed and at work has fallen more precipitously than among other parents.
Pope Francis made news recently by voicing his support for same-sex civil unions. The statement struck observers as a shift for the Vatican.
Despite major changes in laws and norms surrounding the issue of same-sex marriage and the rights of LGBT people around the world, public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in society remains sharply divided by country, region and economic development.
Three-in-ten Millennials live with a spouse and child, compared with 40% of Gen Xers at a comparable age.