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RELATIONSHIPS IN A CHANGING WORLD

by Gerry McCarthy
A couple of months ago The New York Times reported that married couples –as a proportion of American households– had slipped into a minority. Figures from the 2005 census showed that 49.7 percent (or 55.2 million) of the nation’s 111.1 million households were made up of married couples with or without children.
     My own analysis of Statistics Canada data shows that married couples are still in a majority in Canada. But the gap between singles and married couples is narrow.
     The statistics on married couples in the U.S. can be grouped in different ways. One example: Age groups. Among those Americans aged 35 to 65, married couples still make up a majority of households. Still the census figures in the U.S. tell us that to be married today is to be outnumbered.

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