For the first time, married couples make up less than half of all American households. It's a good thing the Rapture was postponed, because right now the U.S. is engaged in a fit of hedonistic singledom!
The New York Times reports that census data released today shows married couples made up just 48% of U.S. households in 2010. That's a slight decline from 2000, and a huge drop from 1950, when 78% of households were comprised of married people. We're moving farther from the '50s social structure every year, which is a shame because those were great years. Everyone conformed to strict gender roles and we shunned anyone who stepped out of line!
As previous data shows, this shift is partly due to college-educated people marrying later, which seems to lead to more couples staying married. However, more women with only a high school degree aren't marrying, and naturally this has inspired a lot of hand-wringing. From The Times: