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This trend cuts across all major racial and ethnic groups but has been more pronounced among blacks.
In 2012, one-in-five adults ages 25 and older (about 42 million people) had never been married, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data.In 1960, only about one-in-ten adults (9%) in that age range had never been married.Recent survey data from the Pew Research Center finds a public that is deeply divided over the role marriage plays in society.The dramatic rise in the share of never-married adults and the emerging gender gap are related to a variety of factors.
For whites, the share of never-married adults has doubled over that same period.
In 2012, 16% of whites had never been married, compared with 8% in 1960.