College education delays marriage

Feb. 19, 2012 at 5:38 PM

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Young U.S. adults who study to get a bachelor's degree tend to delay marriage versus those who don't go to college, researchers said.

Susan Brown of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio found people with at least a bachelor's degree were least likely to form a family before age 25, while those with a high-school equivalency diploma were most likely.

"Clearly, education appears to have a significant effect on family formation experiences, slowing down that process of either forming a union or having a birth," Brown said in a statement.

The researchers said the delay is due in part because people often don't want to marry until they are economically set.

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