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Married-Couple and Unmarried-
Partner Households: 2000
 
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Changing Partners

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  According to Census 2000 the number of unmarried partner households increased 72% since 1990, from 3.2 million to 5.5 million. While nine percent of all coupled households now consist of unmarried partners, the percentage dramatically increases among younger couples. Nationally there are two wives to each unmarried partner for women aged 15 to 24, but there are 7 states where the ratio is almost even and 5 (including the District of Columbia) where there is a greater number of unmarried partners than wives. More than half (53%) of women marrying today have cohabited before, with their marriage partner and/or someone else.  
  FAST FACT! Forty-one percent of unmarried partner households have children under 18 living in them (breakdown includes 43% for opposite-sex partners, 22% for male same-sex partners and 34% for female same-sex partners). - U.S. Census Bureau, 2000  
  DATA LINK: For an indication of how "traditional" family structures are in your ministry area, check your FirstView report on Page 5 under "Faces of Diversity". If you haven't yet downloaded a current FirstView report, click here to get started.  
     
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Coupled Households in the United States
Sources: US Census Bureau, Census 2000;
Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households: 2000 (CENSR-5 PDF)

2000 COUPLED HOUSEHOLDS BY TYPE
2000 UNMARRIED PARTNER HOUSEHOLDS
AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL COUPLED HOUSEHOLDS BY STATE
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