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Oct 8, 2010 8:25 AM by Associated Press

College-educated young adults more likely to marry

An analysis of census data shows there's been a reversal of a long-time marriage trend.

The Pew Research Center analysis says young adults with college degrees are now more likely to be married than those who are less educated. The reversal comes as the struggling economy pushes weddings to all-time lows.

About 62 percent of college-educated 30-year-olds were married or had been married, compared with 60 percent of those without a bachelor's degree.

That is a significant shift from the 1990s. Then, young adults who didn't finish college were more likely to have wed than their better-educated counterparts, 75 percent to 69 percent.

The rising number of unmarried couples choosing to live together - common particularly for those who are not college-educated - is also contributing to the decreases in marriage.

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