You unmarried and 30?

Good. That means you’re probably highly educated and living in DC. CNN has a report on marriage that has two very interesting points:

“Later marriage is very strongly associated with higher levels of education,” said David Popenoe, co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University.

Yup, that means smart folks realize that marriage isn’t an economic requirement anymore, just a social expectation. A social expectation that thankfully sets us apart form other places in America:

Men wait longer than women to marry in every state, and no one gets married younger than couples in Utah, where the median age is 21.9 for women and 23.9 for men. At the other end of the spectrum, men and women in Washington, D.C., both wait until they are about 30.

Just be carefull in your singleness. All things unmarried are not wonderful.

“Single parenthood and poverty are about as closely related as you can get,” Popenoe said. The states with the most unwed new mothers also tended to be the ones with the highest percentage of new mothers living in poverty. Washington, D.C., had the highest percentage of new mothers who were unmarried, at 53.4 percent. The city also had the highest percentage of new mothers living in poverty, at 36.3 percent.

This post appeared in its original form at DC Metblogs

Married, mortgaged, and soon to be a father, Wayan Vota is in the fast lane to mid-life respectability – until the day his brood finds his intimate journal of global traveling and curses him with the ever-eternal reply “I’m gonna be just like you, Dad!”

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