Census data shows divorces declining slightly

Recently released U.S. Census data indicate that after climbing steadily for decades, the number of divorces in the U.S. has begun to level off.

The Associated Press reports that about three out of four marriages that began since 1990 have lasted at least 10 years, representing an increase of about 3 percentage points from the 1980s.

“There’s a new marriage bargain based on having two earners that seems to be working for more and more couples,” Andrew Cherlin, a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University, told the news source. “Most divorces have always occurred within 10 years of marriage because most people who are unhappily married figure that out quickly.”

The report found that the infamous “seven-year itch” still exists, with seven years being roughly the average length of time married couples spent together before separating.

USA Today reports that the Survey of Income and Program Participation from the Census found that 30 percent of people have never been married, which is the largest such figure in 60 years. In addition, the survey found that the average age of people getting married for the first time rose.