Census: Nearly One Third of Americans Never Marry


One more interesting note on the newly-released census data: Nearly a third of adults never marry at all. That number has steadily increased over the past 15 years.

Among Catholics, however, only 17 percent of adults in the U.S. have never married.

So, two questions for the astute reader:

1. Why are a growing number of Americans forgoing marriage altogether?

2. Why are Catholics more likely to marry?




  1. Marita-847688 September 16, 2012 Reply

    Whoops! Just realized I put “him/her”. I meant “him”!

  2. Marita-847688 September 16, 2012 Reply

    I’m afraid of making a huge mistake. I don’t want to marry the wrong person. I know God has someone out there for me. I am scared that if I do find the man God wants me to marry it will not be the one I want to marry. I’m afraid that I will not love this person. What if I’m not attracted to this person in the least and I don’t have anything in common with him/her? What if the man God chose for me is not even Catholic? Thoughts, anyone?

  3. Andy-516957 June 4, 2011 Reply

    America is also crippled by abortion which targets females and minorities more than men. According to the US Census 2010, there are more men than women for every age group under 36, prime marriage ages. That is the wages of the sin of abortion, 52 million lives later, that equals almost 28 million females aborted. (54% times the last Guttmacher numbers I remember)

    The news about “missing girls” is often centered on China and India, but the fact is, in the richest free-est nation ever, we have chosen flatscreen tvs, fancy cars and vacations in the Caribean over babies and families.
    And, Catholics are as “picky” ie they have as high, or higher standards than the rest of America.
    I love this nation, but we are dead wrong on abortion.

  4. Raymond-728561 May 31, 2011 Reply

    sad but true ,i am one myself

  5. Diana-579853 May 31, 2011 Reply

    I think people postpone getting serious enoughabout someone for marriage because they are developing careers, paying off student loans, etc. Then, almost overnight, people start realizing they have aged past the prime dating market and it becomes harder and harder to meet someone they want to date and marry.

    Catholics may be more focused on having a God-centered relationship than many who are not Catholic. Maybe that makes us better able to value the gift of love. Then again, maybe we get married because of that “Catholic guilt” thing! Quite likely, there is a mix of truth in these two concepts and it truly depends on the two people involved.

  6. Jaime-573859 May 31, 2011 Reply

    Maybe its because most people haven’t learned how to take care of themselves.

  7. Jaime-573859 May 31, 2011 Reply

    I would read the letter on vocations authored by JPII.

  8. Jacqueline-198 May 31, 2011 Reply

    I’d like to believe that we Catholics are more likely to get married due to our faith, we put God at the center of our search for a mate from Him and do things that way, not in the secular way of thinking, ‘let’s get married and if it doesn’t work out, we can always get divorced’ sadly we live in a society where things are disposable, including relationships, and it’s not too difficult getting caught up when looking and/or waiting to be found by the right person.

  9. Suzanne-17338 May 29, 2011 Reply

    I think that a growing number of Americans are more interested in a career than finding a mate. It may also have to do with couples choosing to live together instead of marry. Maybe that’s why Catholics (at least those faithful to the commandments) marry more often than non-Catholics.

  10. I was in a marriage for 25 yrs. I thought that my younger (by 9-15 yrs) siblings and cousins were not marrying because of emotional issues related to family dynamics. That wasn’t the truth. When I divorced and found myself exposed more fully to secular people, I started to see the problem. If you reject God’s Laws there will be consequences.

    The world wide Sexual Revolution that started in the 60’s is on-going. This mentality has corrupted the minds of men and women across the board. Men objectify women and women do the same in reverse and the objectify themselves. They don’t see Christ in the other. They don’t desire to be Christ-like. They are blind to the spiritual reality that they are living in.
    I read somewhere that Padre Pio said to a visitor, “Can’t you see, the world is on Fire.”

    • Andy-516957 June 4, 2011 Reply

      AMEN! The world is on fire, now more than ever. If you agreed with the above, are Pro-Life, under 35 and have a sense of adventure, click on my profile. I’m a man looking for a wife.

  11. I’m not an American but I would like to give my opinion. I think Catholic American men want to live with their own families. There are some possibilities for Catholic American men who are not married yet. They haven’t met the right women for them or they want celibate lives…

  12. Pete-22641 May 27, 2011 Reply

    A lot of the American society is too worried about the way people look , if they have any thing that will not fit the image of the “perfect” mate. I have a few service connected issues that stems from my time in the Armed Forces. I would say that most have issues that they want to keep personal could be a hidden factor in not dating and or being married.

  13. Andrew-724577 May 26, 2011 Reply

    Marriage has an interesting primordial character as part of, not just the new but, the first creation – a common defining vocation given to all people in the beginning. Everyone seems to be chasing an echo of that first call, distorted by a miriad of false reflections bouncing around in the world. People have just been so disallusioned that they are unwilling to put the traditional label on it – probably because they have first hand experience of a dysfunctional painful “traditional” family. Perhaps too many Catholics are willing to put the traditional label on a relationship which doesn’t even satisfy the criteria of a natural marriage, much less a sacramental marriage.

  14. Lydia-701096 May 23, 2011 Reply

    In New Orleans, I thought the statistic was that only 29% were married. I am not there any longer.

  15. Maybelle-586753 May 23, 2011 Reply

    I look at it not in the religious affiliation, for me I believe it all depends on the 2 people involve. It doesnt matter if you’re catholic or not. Last weekend, we succesfully had our first group wedding in our parish. There were 7 couples who received the sacrament of matrimony out of 14 respondents from our advertisement. Most of these couples have been living together (not married in the catholic church, but some are married civilly) for more than 10 years and the common reasons why they’ve put off getting married in the church were “no time”, “documents (baptismal cert, confirmation cert, first comm.) were hard to obtain”, “no money”…..So again for me, catholics or non catholics the reason for putting it off is because the couples themselves decided to put it off. That’s just my opinion.

  16. Mickey-571450 May 23, 2011 Reply

    It is sad to see that marraiges are dwindling from the liberal dating. Why does our culture reject chastity? I think Catholics are starting to believe in marriage more than other denominations because they hear about it alot in church through chastity.

  17. Kathleen-311531 May 21, 2011 Reply

    I think the fact that Marriage is a Sacrament to Catholics raises the bar of marriage as a lifelong commitment and positive role in life.
    I love that our faith embraces one woman/one man marriage and celebrates family life.
    I always loved growing up in a large family and being identified as Catholic.
    Sadly the current mores of living together and sex outside of marriage have relegated marriage to something ancient and unnecessary for many.
    Little do they realize what they are missing!
    Although I am not yet married(don’t like the term never married!), I look forward to celebrating this important Sacrament with God and my future husband.

  18. Sharon-723668 May 21, 2011 Reply

    1. it’s easier to commit to only yourself than to yourself and another

    2. we make a commitment to God in marriage

  19. Victor-69000 May 21, 2011 Reply

    1. Because co-habitation is becoming embraced by a wider audience as time marches on, cultivated by our culture of death brewing here in the United States. We need to see the statistics for “never marry nor cohabitate” over a 15 year time frame to have a better understanding of what’s really going on.

    2. Because Catholics have a greater respect, and a greater desire, for marriage.

  20. Thess-624577 May 20, 2011 Reply

    Catholics or non Catholics, a great majority of the population would rather live with their relationships for fear of getting divorced and being annulled. It’s a sad reality.

  21. Jennifer R. May 19, 2011 Reply

    People are too picky. Catholics not as picky as others.

    • Jason-581074 May 20, 2011 Reply

      I don’t think it is because Catholics are less picky but rather we do not focus strictly on obtaining posessions. Not that some Catholics don’t but if we truly follow the teachings of the Church we find our happiness in other ways.

    • Melissa-723258 May 21, 2011 Reply

      It’s not that Catholic arn’t as pricky, I believe Catholics want to live God’s will and He did choose to make us in pairs.

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