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A New Study Shows How Much Millennials Are Putting Off ‘Settling Down’

A New Study Shows How Much Millennials Are Putting Off ‘Settling Down’

According to new research from the Institute for Family Studies, millennials are waiting longer and longer to have kids. 

From their research,


At ages 30 to 34, more than a quarter of Millennials (26%) have not yet started a family—meaning they have neither been married nor had any children, according to a new analysis of government data by the Institute of Family Studies. Another 18% of Millennials have children but have never been married. Only a narrow majority—56%—have been married before. And most of these ever-married young adults (78%) have children.


This is a major departure from their parent’s generation: In their early 30s, just 10 percent had never married and only 13 percent didn’t have kids. And, compared to previous generations, the average age for getting married and having kids is on the rise.

Interestingly, the trend affects college graduates the most dramatically: “About one-third of college-educated young adults ages 30 to 34 have never married or had children,” the study says.

The research also compares data from Pew, and forecasts that many millennials may not choose to get married or have children: “Assuming the current trend continues, when today’s never-married young adults reach their mid-40s and 50s, a quarter of them are likely to have never tied the knot.”

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