Percentage of US population over 15 who were married by sex and race, 1950–2017


I decided to take another crack at the marital status data by race and ethnicity that I shared on Friday.  Instead of creating multiple charts for each group, I charted all groups at once, only tracking the percent married value.  I still ended up with two different charts however, because for Blacks and Whites the data goes all the way back to 1950, while for Asians and Hispanics there is only data going back to 1990.  Here is the Black and White data going back to 1950:


I had no idea that:

  1. Black and White marriage rates started out so close.  Note that in 1950 White men were only 4% more likely than Black men to be married, and the same was true for White vs Black women.
  2. The deterioration of the Black family was already in full swing in the 1950s.  It would be interesting to see what…

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