All you hear these days about divorce is that the rates are sky-high and still growing. Reality paints a different picture, however. While divorce rates for those between 35 and 44 without college degrees or just “some college” have doubled since 1980, the rates for those with college degrees in the same age range have stayed pretty much the same.
What is true, however, is that marriage rates in general are plummeting regardless of education or age. People with a high school education or less are dramatically less likely to get married, especially before they are 35 years old, and more people than ever are waiting until they are in their mid-30s to tie the knot, southern girls be damned.
So, while our generation and the generation between us and our parents’ seem to be waiting much longer to get married, those among us who are more educated and affluent are also not anywhere near as likely to end those marriages altogether. In other words, there’s hope for us yet.