Research from 2019 found that marriage rates are declining in the U.S. due to a deficit of “economically attractive” men, according to Inc.
In September, researchers Daniel Lichter, Joseph Price and Jeffrey Swigert published a research report that assessed “whether unmarried women currently face demographic shortages of marital partners” in the U.S., concluding that “large deficits in the supply of potential male spouses” leads to the dilemma for unmarried American women.
The study described economically attractive potential husbands as "partners with either a bachelor's degree or incomes of more than $40,000 a year."
In comparing married men to unmarried men, researchers found that the former had an average income about 58 percent higher than the latter, were 30 percent more likely to be employed and 19 percent more likely to have a college degree.
The researchers further noted that racial and ethnic minorities, especially African American women, have even greater shortage of “well-suited partners.”
The research collected data from the 2008 to 2012 and 2013 to 2017 five-year files of the American Community Survey.
Marriage rate has been declining in the U.S., as the total number of marriages per year dropped from 2.5 million in the early 1980s to 2.2 million in 2018.
Meanwhile, Inc. pointed out that there might be other factors other than lack of “well-suited” men for the marriage rate decline, such as Americans’ tendency to live together without getting married, and more people’s decision to live with their parents.