First time in US History: More Single Than Married

Craig HueyMarriage1 Comment

Thanks to new trends in relationships by millennials, two things are declining:

  1. Marriage
  2. Church attendance

For the first time in U.S. history, singles outnumber those who are married. Millennials are setting two new trends: fewer are getting married and fewer are attending church.

Millennials are hesitant to commit to marriage due to the pain many have experienced seeing their parents or other adults go through a divorce.

In fact, 25 percent of millennials do not get married at all.

A majority – 72 percent of millennials – do not attend church. In contrast, 49 percent of older generation Americans do not attend church.

As a singles pastor 20 years ago, I saw the horrific impact divorce has on kids. The result for marriage, personal identity, views of God and Christianity, and walking with Christ has been profound.

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One Comment on “First time in US History: More Single Than Married”

  1. The Single choice for this generation is not surprising. Why the need for marriage for millennials? I think it has less to do with divorce and more with choice and convenience. Millennials can easily choose to move in with someone and act like they are married, without the marriage ceremony. Gone is the stigma of previous generations about living together, even within certain churches. A Christian must understand that marriage is a covenant relationship and a holy sacrament of the Church. We are to be in the world, but not of it.

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