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Marriage

Ever married


Percent of women and men 15-44 years of age who were ever married:

  20021-2 2006-20103 2011-20133
Women 58.2% 53.2% 50.2%
Men 50.7% 45.2% 43.3%

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 47 [PDF - 4.7 MB]
2Series 23, No. 26, Table 30 [PDF - 3.5 MB]
3Special tabulation by NCHS

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Current marital or cohabiting status

Percent distribution of women 15-44 years of age by current marital or cohabiting status:

  19821 19951 20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
Married for the 1st time 44.1% 39.9% 37.5% 36.4% 32.2%
Married for the 2nd time or more 8.1% 9.3% 8.5% 5.1% 5.8%
Cohabiting 3.0% 7.0% 9.0% 11.2% 15.0%
Never married, not cohabiting 33.5% 33.4% 35.0% 38.2% 37.8%
Formerly married, not cohabiting 11.3% 10.3% 9.9% 9.2% 9.1%

 

Percent distribution of men 15-44 years of age by current marital or cohabiting status:

  20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
Married for the 1st time 35.0% 32.8% 31.2%
Married for the 2nd time or more 7.2% 4.8% 4.0%
Cohabiting 9.2% 12.2% 13.5%
Never married, not cohabiting 41.6% 45.0% 45.6%
Formally married, not cohabiting 7.0% 5.2% 5.7%

Sources:

1NHSR No. 49, Tables 1 & 2 [PDF - 419 KB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Marriage probability

Probability of first marriage among women 15-44 years of age before reaching specified age:

  1995 2002 2006-2010
By age 20 25% 17% 13%
By age 25 59% 52% 44%
By age 30 76% 73% 68%
By age 35 84% 81% 78%
By age 40 86% 86% 84%

 

 

Probability of first marriage among men 15-44 years of age before reaching specified age:

  2002 2006-2010
By age 20 8% 5%
By age 25 36% 31%
By age 30 61% 56%
By age 35 75% 71%
By age 40 81% 78%

Source: NHSR No. 49, Tables 3 & 4 [PDF - 419 KB]

Note: These items cannot be updated with sufficient statistical reliability using 2011-2013 data.. They will be updated when 4 years of data are available, covering 2011-2015.

 

Menarche (age at first menstrual period)

 

  20021 2006-20102 2011-20132
Mean age at first menstrual period among women 15-44 years of age 12.6 years 12.5 years 12.5 years

Sources:

1Series 23, No. 25, Table 30 [PDF - 4.7 MB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

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Mistimed pregnancy

 

Percentage of pregnancies (leading to a birth in the five years before the interview) that were mistimed (i.e., a pregnancy that the mother wanted to have eventually but it occurred too soon) among women 15-44 years of age:

  19821 19881 19951 20021 2006-20101 2011-20132
Mistimed 26.7% 26.7% 20.5% 20.8% 23.3% 21.6%

Sources:

1NHSR No. 55, Table 1 [PDF - 417 KB]
2Special tabulation by NCHS

 

Percent distribution of mistimed pregnancies (leading to births or spontaneous loss in the three years before the interview) to women 15-44 years of age in 2011-2013, by how much too soon it occurred:

  • Less than 2 years too soon: 33.4%
  • 2-3 years too soon: 24.1%
  • 3 or more years too soon: 42.6%

Source: Special tabulation by NCHS

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