More Women Saying 'I Don't' to Marriage

Stats show almost 40 percent have never tied the knot

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Heading down the aisle? There should be plenty of room.

Gannett reports 38 percent of women ages 15 to 44 have never been married, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, up from 33 percent in 1995.

Blacks were most likely never to have tied the knot, at 55 percent, with U.S.-born Hispanics coming in next, at 49 percent, then Asians, at 39 percent, and whites, at 34 percent, the news service adds.

Galena Rhoades, a researcher at the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver, says the numbers show a “delay in getting married for the first time” and that “more people are cohabiting,” Gannett reports.

What about you? Did you say “I Do” to a wedding? Or do you think getting hitched is a big ol' don't? Leave a comment below!

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First Published March 23, 2012

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