Jun 5, 2024 - Dating

Georgians aren't putting a ring on it

A map of the U.S. that shows the percentage of adults who’ve been married at least once, with the highest rates in the central U.S.. Wyoming leads the U.S. at 34.6 percent, with Washington D.C. in last place at 20.4 percent.
Data: American Community Survey; Map: Rahul Mukherjee/Axios

30% of Georgians reported they've been married at least once, according to data from the American Community Survey.

  • That's below the national average of 31%.

Why it matters: Marital status is a stronger predictor of American adult well-being than education, race, age and gender, according to the Institute for Family Studies and Gallup.

  • Last year, married adults between 25 and 50 years old were more likely to be thriving than adults who never married.
  • Household income adjustment has the biggest sway on well-being for individuals, and typically rises after marriage when a couple pools resources.

The big picture: The national marriage rate has dropped by nearly 60% over the last 50 years as marriage's formal benefits, and societal pressure to wed, decline.

  • Meanwhile, negative attitudes toward ending a marriage have dwindled.

Fun fact: June is the third-most popular time to get hitched. The Knot reports 11% of 2024 weddings will happen this month.

  • September and October are tied as the most popular wedding months, with each expected to accommodate 17% of the year's ceremonies.
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