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This report examines partnership rates among the US population by race and ethnicity from 1990 to 2017.


This report uses the American Community Survey PUMS (Public Use Microdata Series) data for all years released by the Census Bureau and reorganized for public use by the Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota, IPUMSusa, ( See Public Use Microdata Series Steven Ruggles, J. Trent Alexander, Katie Genadek, Ronald Goeken, Matthew B. Schroeder, and Matthew Sobek. Integrated Public Use Microdata Series: Version 5.0 [Machine-readable database]. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2017.


Over the past thirty years, the general proportion of married men and women in the United States declined from 60% to 50%. In contrast, the cohabitation rate increased (from about 4% to about 7%) as well as the unpartnered population rate (from 37% to 45%) during the same period. The percentage of young Latino adults (individuals between the ages of 18 and 34) who were married decreased from 50% among Latinos and 59% among Latinas in 1990 to 28% and 35% respectively in 2017. In 1990, Cubans had the highest percentage of marriages, followed by Mexicans, Dominicans, Salvadorans, and Puerto Ricans.


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Citation information: Ju, Daeshin Hayden (2022). A Portrait of Partnership Statuses in the United States between 1990 and 2017. Edited by Sebastián Villamizar-Santamaría. New York, NY: Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center.



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