The study goes onto show that there is a growing “marriage gap” in the United States.Marriage rates among the non-college educated population have fallen sharply in the last few decades, and sharpest of all in the black population.Black women face more difficult “marriage markets” than white women, given current rates of intermarriage according to work from University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Black women have the lowest rates of “marrying out” across race lines, in part because of racist attitudes to inter-marriage.Just 49% of college-educated black women marry a well-educated man (i.e., with at least some post-secondary education), compared to 84% of college-educated white women, according to an analysis of PSID data by Yale sociologist Vida Maralani.The high divorce rate in the 80s may also have rattled some who grew up in that era.
It may be that people with less money are less likely to get married.
About 12% of marriages are made up of couples with some college education.
Read More: Why a Little Less Marriage May Be a Good Thing Many experts have weighed in on why why marriage has fallen out of favor among the less educated.
We focus on the 25 to 35 year-old age cohort because these are the years during which most women, particularly college graduates, enter into their first marriage.
There is a gender gap here too: Frey reports that three-quarters of black-white marriages involve a black man, rather than a black woman.