By: Tami Luhby –
Solid employment is the #1 priority women are looking for in a husband, more than compatibility in raising children or in moral and religious beliefs, according to a Pew Research Center study released. Having the same education or racial/ethnic background are far lower on the list.
Men have different priorities. Their main concern is having similar ideas about having and rising children.
Three in 10 never-married Americans who want to settle down say the main reason they haven’t is that they can’t find someone who has what they are looking for in a spouse.
The pool of eligible bachelors, however, has been shrinking.
At the same time, the share of American adults who’ve never been married is at an all-time high, according to a Pew analysis of Census data.
One in five Americans age 25 or older have never tied the knot, more than double the share in 1960.
Instead more are shacking up and raising children outside of marriage. Some 24% of those age 25 to 34 are living with a partner, according to Pew.
Those who still are exchanging vows are doing so later in life. The median age has soared to 27 for women, up from 20 in 1960, and to 29 for men, up from 23.
The “marriage gender gap” has widened over the past half century with men more likely to never get hitched.
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