It is interesting that White women in their 40s have so far escaped much of the change. My guess is this reflects some combination of delayed reaction as the change cascades through the age brackets, and increased willingness to settle. Either way, women marrying after forty means their fertility window is all but closed by the time they walk down the aisle. It still counts as a marriage, but from a societal point of view it is something very different than a woman marrying in her 20s or even early 30s. This is also not what young marriage delaying women are telling us they have in mind. They are hoping to delay marriage as long as possible while still marrying in time to have children. Even the 17% of White women who haven’t married by their late thirties have for the most part missed the mark.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Dalrock Reports that Number of "Never Married" Women Increase
For reasons he explains in his article, Dalrock focuses on white women. For all age cohorts, the rate of never marrieds has increased over the past 15 years. However, the most dramatic increase was in the 25 to 29 year old bracket, which has increased from 35% in 1999 to just over 50% in 2014; and the 30 to 34 age bracket has increased from 17.5% to 26.9%. Dalrock writes: