Feb 25, 2023 - Economy

Charted: Getting hitched in Vegas

Data: U.S. Census Bureau, CDC Vital Statistics; Chart: Erin Davis/Axios; Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Fewer Americans are getting married — but when they do tie the knot, they still love to do it in Las Vegas.

By the numbers: Roughly 4% of U.S. marriages in 2021 took place in Nevada, according to an Axios analysis of new CDC data.

  • The share of U.S. marriages in Nevada has exceeded the share of the U.S. population residing in that state every year since 1920.

The big question: In 2022, the company that owns Elvis' likeness reportedly sent cease-and-desist orders to chapels conducting Elvis-themed nuptials. How will this affect Vegas’ $2 billion wedding industry, and Nevada’s marriage rate in the future?

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