Serious relationships can be a great thing but the question of living together and then having a healthy marriage is one that keeps surfacing. Many couples are deciding that they don’t have to move towards marriage if they are not ready and cohabitation is becoming more and more mainstream these days. Women are more likely to live with a significant other as opposed to alone or with a friend. The CDC conducted a phone study of 12,279 women, all ages 15-44 between 2006 and 2010.
Forty-eight percent of the women that were surveyed stated that they were not married, but were living with a significant other. In 1995, that number was only thirty-four percent. Almost 20% of women who were cohabitating got pregnant within the first year of living with their significant other.
Cohabitation was found to be a universal thing. The only race that did not show significant numbers in this study was women of Asian descent. White women had a shorter cohabitation length with 19 months on average while Hispanic women born outside of the US had the longest length with 33 months average.
Women who are more educated tend to shy away from cohabitation. Forty-seven percent of women who had at least a Bachelor’s Degree cohabitated as opposed to the seventy percent that didn’t have even a high school diploma. Cohabitation before marriage is commonplace now and is almost a stepping stone to marriage.
The study found that some women cohabitated simply for the fact that they do not want to get married. They think that with marriage comes extra responsibility which is something that some are not ready for. Others just see it as a normal stepping stone in a relationship and something that should come before marriage to make sure you can stand living with the other person.