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Report: Marriage numbers plummeting

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New research is showing that fewer and fewer people are getting hitched.

Research conducted at Bowling Green University concluded that the marriage rate in the United States is at 31.1 percent, the lowest it's been in a century. The marriage rate in 1920 was 92.3 percent.

Reasons for the decline in marriage rates include couples not feeling that it is necessary, choosing to remain single or wanting to focus on pursuing higher education.

The research also showed that people are waiting longer to get married. The average age for first marriage, according to the report, is 27 years old.

It was also found that more women are separated or divorced; 15 percent of women in the U.S. are separated or divorced, compared to only one percent in 1920.

The research indicated that the greatest decline of marriage rates was among African-Americans and women without high school diplomas.

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