Unmarried Couples Gain in Numbers, But Married Couples May Be Happier

Unmarried Couples Gain in Numbers, But Married Couples May Be Happier

November 7, 2019

By Liam Stack, NY Times

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, the share of American adults who live with an unmarried partner has more than doubled since 1993, [to 7 percent from 3 percent], and the share of American adults who live with an unmarried partner has more than doubled since 1993, [to 7 percent from 3 percent]. According to the survey, unmarried couples report significantly less satisfaction in their relationships than do married couples, and that pattern is true across a broad range of areas: Married people are more likely than unmarried cohabitants to say they are “very satisfied” with the division of household chores (46 percent to 37 percent); with their partner’s communication skills (43 percent to 35 percent); and how well their partner balances work and personal life (43 percent to 35 percent).