The Status of Relationships in the United States

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When taking a look at the status of relationships in the United States, it is necessary to examine the way both men and women respond.

Where people were getting married by an average age of 22 for men and 20 for women in 1960, that number increased to the ages of 26 for men and 23 for women 30 years later in 1990. By 2012, the average age for marriage was 29 for men and 27 for women.

Now, in 2013, individuals of both sexes are waiting even longer to get married. One thing that has never changed over the decades is the trend of women in marriages being around two years younger than their spouses.

An interesting dynamic is the percentage of people who are having sex by various age ranges. While only nine percent of 14 to 15 year olds are having sex, as much as 86 percent of individuals between the ages of 25 to 29, 85 percent between age 30 to 39 and 74 percent of those between the ages of 40 to 49 are having sex.

Interestingly, 43 percent of the oldest age range, 70 and up, are having sex. For men, from the age of 30 and older, an average of 8.6 are having more sex than women. However, 5.8 percent of women tend to have more sex between the ages of 14 and 29.

The average income of individuals who are married varies, as does the level of education of these people. More men and women who are married tend to have a better education, meaning a college degree, and an average income of approximately $73,667 for men and an average income of around $41,917 for women. Of these average salaries, these are among individuals who have earned a college degree.

Regarding children, 44 percent of women have had a child by the age of 25. Forty eight percent of births are out of wedlock, with the risks of single parent homes leading to kids who are two to three times more likely to suffer from behavioral and emotional problems.

Twenty two percent of children who live in single parent homes are also living in poverty, while only two percent of kids who live with both their parents are living in poverty.

Source: TopCounselingSchools.org

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