Study confirms Mormons more likely to marry, have children

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In a new study that validates many Mormon stereotypes, the Pew Research Center has confirmed that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are indeed more likely to marry and have children than members of other religious groups in the United States.

Mormons and marriage

More specifically, Mormons are especially likely to marry other Mormons — 82 percent of Mormons who are married or living with a partner have a Mormon spouse or partner. Only Hindus have a higher rate of marrying within their faith at 91 percent.

The study notes that these numbers align with a 2011 study of Mormons’ priorities. At that time, 73 percent of U.S. Mormons said that a successful marriage is “one of the most important things in life.” Eighty-one percent expressed the same feelings about being a good parent. In contrast, about half or fewer of the general public shares these views.

Mormons and children

Also unsurprisingly, Mormons tend to have more children than other religious groups. Among Mormons, adults 40–59 have had an average of 3.4 children. The comparable figure for all Americans in that range is 2.1. Today, Mormon adults have an average of 1.1 children at home currently, compared to the national average of 0.6.

Other findings

The study also provides insight into other interesting statistics on being Mormon, including the following:

  • Most adults — 64 percent — who were raised LDS still identify as LDS today.
  • The number of people who convert from another faith to the LDS faith (0.5 percent of U.S. adults) is about the same as the number of people who leave the Church after being raised LDS (0.6 percent).
  • Mormons in the United States remain overwhelming white — in 2014, the Church in the United States was 15 percent non-white; Christians overall were about 34 percent non-white.
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Breanna Olaveson worked in the magazine industry before taking her writing from full-time to nap time with the birth of her first daughter. Her work has appeared in the Ensign, Liahona and New Era magazines, as well as Utah Valley Magazine, Utah Valley BusinessQ, Utah Valley Bride and the Provo Daily Herald. She lives in Utah county with her husband and three children. She blogs at www.breannaolaveson.com.

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