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US marriage rate sees historic drop since 1960s

December 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Marriage rates in the United States are at a historic low, but that could mean the marriages that do take place have a better chance of surviving.

The Pew Research Center reports that just over half of Americans these days are married. That has fallen from 72 percent in the 1960s.

People who are tying the knot tend to be a little older. The median age is the highest it's ever been at 28 for men and 26 for women.

Some analysts say the increased maturity could mean couples who take wedding vows are more likely to have made a good, lasting decision in choosing a mate.