Americans under the age of 45 are doing something different than their elders: They’re staying married. New data shows that younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, reports Bloomberg. Baby boomers married young, divorced, remarried, and so on. But Generation X and especially millennials are being choosier about who they marry, which results in couples tying the knot at older ages, usually once their education, careers and finances are on track.
Because of this trend, the U.S. divorce rate dropped 18 percent in the eight-year period between 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.
“The change among young people is particularly striking,” said another sociology professor named Susan Brown from Bowling Green State University of Cohen’s results, according to Bloomberg. “The characteristics of young married couples today signal a sustained decline [in divorce rates] in the coming years.”
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