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Report: Marriages on 'short-term' rise in United States

June 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., June 18 (UPI) -- While the recession dropped the marriage rate in the United States to historic lows, more wedding bells may soon be heard, a demographics firm projects.

The firm, Demographics Intelligence of Charlottesville, Va., says some 2.168 million Americans will recite first-time wedding vows this year, up 4 percent from 2009, USAToday reported Monday.

The number of Americans getting married for the first time will rise to 2.208 million in 2015, Demographics Intelligence said, based on an analysis of data from the National Center for Health Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The "short-term" rise in marriages will be concentrated among women ages 25-34, the college educated and those better off financially, Demographics Intelligence projected.

Marriages by younger people, the less affluent and those with high school educations or less will remain at current levels or decline, the analysis found.

The increase will be temporary. Citing "the nation's ongoing retreat from marriage," Demographics Intelligence said "declines in weddings are likely to set in towards the end of the decade."

The current drop in first-time weddings was fueled by joblessness and underemployment caused by the recession as well as the trend of cohabitation before marriage, the study found.

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