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Love and marriage, proudly made in the USA

2.1 million U.S. couples married in 2010. That’s 5,750 weddings per day, less than ten years earlier but still a lot of rice to throw.

The tradition of marriage is alive and well in the United States, though the numbers are slightly down.

2.1 million couples exchanged vows in 2010. That’s 5,750 weddings each day. Back in 2000, there were 2.3 million marriages.

Both women and men are waiting slightly longer to marry. In 2011, the median age for women tying the knot was 26.9. Back in 2008, it was 26.2. The median age for men in 2011 was 28.9, up from 28 in 2008.

Breakups are also a constant. In 2009, the Census Bureau found that 9.2 of every 1,000 men got a divorce. 9.7 of every 1,000 women got a divorce that year.

Click through our photo gallery for more on marriage in America. See “What Do Others Say?” for more perspective, then add to the discussion below. How do you like these trends?

What do others say?

  • The Knot: TheKnot.com: “Marriage proposals: 50 romantic ways to propose” More

  • Huffington Post: Huffington Post: “Marriage studies the most fascinating research in 2012” More

  • eWedNewz: eWedNewz: “Brides announces findings from 2011 American wedding study” More

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