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Married African-American Couple At Their WeddingA new report released by the Census Bureau revealed some good news: women are taking longer to marry which, in turn, may also be the reason not as many are divorcing. The report was based on a 2009 survey of 55,000 adults and highlighted shifting patterns of marriage and divorce since the 1940s.

Here are some finds:

– in 1950, the median age for first marriages was 20 for women and 23 for men.

– in 2009, the median age for first marriages was 26 for women and 28 for men.

– in 1996, about 40 percent of women 40 to 49 had divorced.

– in 2009, about 35 percent of women 40 to 49 had divorced.

– in 2009, almost 50% of people interviewed had only been married once, 12% had been married twice and 3% had been married three or more times.

– in 2009, regarding first marriages: they lasted a median of 8 years before ending in divorce.

– in 2009, regarding second marriages: the median age was 33 for women and 36 for men.

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