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This folder contains data behind the story Marriage Isn’t Dead — Yet.

Source for all data is Decennial Census (years 1960 to 2000) and American Community Survey (years 2001-2012), via IPUMS USA.

Except in the divorce file, figures represent share of the relevant population that has never been married (MARST == 6 in the IPUMS data). Note that in the story, charts generally show the share that have ever been married, which is simply 1 - n. In the divorce file, figures are share of the relevant population that is currently divorced, conditional on having ever been married.

Variable names are as follows. Number in variable names are age ranges, so all_2534 is the marriage rate for everyone ages 25 to 34.

allTotal (or all men/women in sex-specific files)
HSHigh school graduate or less (EDUCD < 65)
SCSome college (EDUCD >= 65 & <= 100)
BApBachelor's degree or more (EDUCD > 100)
BAoBachelor's degree, no graduate degre (EDUCD > 100 & <= 113)
GDGraduate degree (EDUCD > 113)
WhiteNon-Hispanic white
BlackBlack or African-American
HispHispanic of any race
NENew England (REGION == 11)
MAMid-Atlantic (REGION == 12)
MidwestMidwest (REGION == 21-23)
SouthSouth (REGION == 31-34)
MountainMountain West (REGION == 41)
PacificPacific (REGION == 42)
poorFamily income in lowest 25%
midFamily income in middle 50%
richFamily income in top 25%
workEmployed 50+ weeks prior year
noworkNot employed at least 50 weeks prior year
nokids_allNo own children living at home
kids_allAt least one own child living at home