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More Education, More Likely To Be Married

When it comes to marriage, education didn't use to matter. In 1970, across all education levels, roughly the same proportion of people got married — about 82 percent of women and 87 percent of men. But as Americans as a whole have become better educated and as overall marriage rates have declined, a significant gap has emerged.

Today, among U.S.-born 30- to 44-year-olds, the more educated you are, the more likely you are to be married.

It's a slightly different story for blacks. Black wives have long been more likely than whites to be in the labor force. Already in 1970, black women faced a marriage gap: Those with college degrees were more likely to be married. That remains true today. But as the Pew report notes, marriage overall has declined more sharply among African-Americans than the population as a whole.