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The landscape of relationships in America has shifted dramatically in recent decades.
About four-in-ten Americans (39%) who have married since 2010 have a spouse who is in a different religious group, compared with only 19% of those who wed before 1960, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.Many of these interfaith marriages are between Christians and those who are religiously unaffiliated.For example, 42% of newlyweds in Honolulu were intermarried – by far the largest share of the 126 metropolitan areas analyzed.By contrast, about 3% of newlyweds in Jackson, Mississippi, and Asheville, North Carolina, married someone of a different race or ethnicity.For the most part, people today view online dating positively.
About six-in-ten (59%) say it is a good way to meet people, and 47% agree that it is easier and more efficient than other ways of meeting people.
From cohabitation to same-sex marriage to interracial and interethnic marriage, here are eight facts about love and marriage in the United States. About nine-in-ten Americans (88%) cited love as a very important reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%), according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey.
Fewer said financial stability (28%) or legal rights and benefits (23%) were very important reasons to marry.
Public support for same-sex marriage has grown in the past 10 years.
In 2007, Americans opposed legalizing same-sex marriage by a margin of 54% to 37%.
, a share that has remained relatively stable in recent years but is down 9 percentage points over the past quarter-century. Census Bureau, in 2017, the median age at first marriage had reached its highest point on record: 29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women. adults who are married, 7% were cohabiting in 2016.