U.S. Marriage Demographics and Statistics

Marriage Demographics
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This report explores how the United States’ population’s marital status is changing. The American Community Survey (ACS), conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, publishes detailed estimates of the United States' population each year, subdivided by a wide variety of characteristics—including their marital status. "Married" includes people who are separated.

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. 

What is the marital status of American men and women?

Note: To see data from different years, use the time-slider beneath the chart.

How many anniversaries have married Americans celebrated?

In 2018, the median duration of marriage was just under 20 years. (This figure includes people who are separated.)

By State

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. 

Note: Hover to a state to see its median duration.

About the Data

Data is from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS), 1-year estimates. The population considered in this report only includes people 15 years and older. The following tables are used:

Women by Marital Status: Table B12001

Marital Status by Sex: Table B12001

Median Duration of Marriage trend and map: Table B12504, currently-married or separated population

This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.