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IL Residents Are Among Least Likely to Marry in the U.S.: Ranking

More than three in 10 Illinoisans will probably never get married, according to a recent study.

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ILLINOIS – Illinois residents are less likely to get married than most people in the United States, according to a recent study.

The law firm Schmidt & Clark analyzed results from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey, which examined the marriage histories of people ages 15 and older to determine the percentage of those who had never married and how often those who had actually married had tied the knot.

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The Prairie State ranked eighth on the list of states where residents are least likely to get married. 35.88 percent of the population of around 10.4 million people over the age of 15 have never married. However, of the approximately 6.7 million people in the state who have actually married, 79.8 percent had married only once, making Illinois the state with the 10th highest percentage of one-time spouses.

New York residents were most likely to remain single: 38.61 percent had never married, followed by Rhode Island, where 38.06 percent had never married, and California, where 37.76 percent had not married.

“It is interesting that states like New York and California are among the states with the lowest likelihood of marriage, despite being the most populous in the country,” a spokesperson for Schmidt & Clark said in a press release about the findings.

“Classically known for their wealth of opportunities for successful careers in international industries and their cosmopolitan, diverse cities, residents are perhaps more attracted by personal interests than by ‘settlement’ in the traditional sense.”

The state was most likely to marry in Wyoming, where 72.25 percent of those over 15 had married at least once. Arkansas led the study in repeat marriages, as 23.83 percent of people in the state who had already been married had done so twice and 10.86 percent had married three or more times.

Anna Harden

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