Population: Hold the Wedding Bells

Hold the Wedding Bells

An old saw says that "first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes pushing a baby carriage," but that idea appears to be out of style. According to a new Census Bureau report, fewer and fewer single women who become pregnant with their first child get married before the baby is born.

Analysts say the increase in out-of-wedlock births results in part from greater social acceptance of single motherhood. But other studies cite more dismaying factors: a shortage of men who earn enough to support a family and the high divorce rate. Many unwed mothers, says the Census Bureau, have come...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!