U.S. Marriage Demographics and Statistics

Marriage Demographics

What is the marital status of American men and women?

Married Americans in 2016:


—ACS 1-year estimate

The American Community Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates of the population each year, subdivided by a wide variety of characteristics—including their marital status.

Unlike the Census—which is an exact count of people and households every ten years—ACS statistics are estimated based on a representative survey sample. To see data from different years, use the time-slider beneath the chart. 

How many anniversaries have married Americans celebrated?

In 2016, the median duration of marriage was just under 20 years. (This figure includes people who are separated.)

The median duration varies significantly by geography, as the map below shows. However, this variance may reflect differences in local median ages as much as it reflects differing attitudes toward the institution.