SAVE MARRIAGE in the American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau SAVES MARRIAGE in the ACS
The questions below can be answered only with the ACS:
- Additionally, these have been featured in national news outlets and showcased in NCFMR Family Profiles ...
- In any given year, there are more marriages than divorces in the U.S. In 2013, there were almost two marriages for every one divorce in the U.S.
- The marriage rate has declined and not returned to the pre-recession levels. Divorce has returned to pre-recession rates.
- Yes. The college educated have higher marriage rates and lower divorce rates than their more modestly educated counterparts. The ACS is the best and only source for statistics on the incidence of marriage and divorce across different economic as well as racial and ethnic subgroups.
- From the ACS, we know that nearly one in three Americans who married last year was remarrying. Men have almost a 100% higher remarriage rate than women. No other data provides estimates of remarriage by age, gender, or race/ethnicity.
- Baby Boomers have experienced the highest increase in divorce rates with one in four divorces occurring to persons over age 50. The ACS is the best way to estimate these age patterns.
- Actually, it’s a 12-year itch. Estimates from the ACS indicate roughly half of first marriages end 12 years after walking down the aisle.
- Washington DC has the highest, and Idaho and Utah have among the lowest.
- The ACS will be the only way to estimate levels and trends in same-sex marriage and divorce.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Email Jennifer Jessup in the Department of Commerce by May 27
- Please find Steve Ruggles' letter linked here
- PAA and APC correspondence is linked for reference
- Provide specific details on the damage that will result if these survey questions are eliminated
- Copy firstname.lastname@example.org on your email, and we will gather a list of the valuable research projects that will be hindered by these changes
- Please visit the page linked here if you would like more guidance on what to include in your note
What does the Research Community Say?
- Comments by the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers and the Minnesota Population Center:
Which questions are on the docket to be cut?
The Census proposes to eliminate all five questions in the ACS that describe marital history:
- In the past 12 months did this person get—Married?
- In the past 12 months did this person get—Widowed
- In the past 12 months did this person get—Divorced?
- Times Married—How many times has this person been married?
- In what year did this person last get married?
For more information directly from the federal government:
SAVE MARRIAGE Media Coverage
- It's not 2004 anymore; same-sex marriage should no longer be a wedge issue
- Arguing About Divorce: The U.S. Census Bureau is asking whether it needs to track divorce rates any more
- 800 RSVP to Census plan to cut marriage questions
- Think your marital status is important? The U.S. Census Bureau may not
- Should we stop tracking the divorce rate?