Pew Research finds Mormons most likely to get married out of religious American adults


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Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) lead the United States religions in the percent of adult members married, but religious association doesn’t necessarily mean marriage is a priority. A report by Pew Research Center says the percent of adults married in the U.S. varies widely across religions.

While 48 percent of average American adults are married, according to the 2014 Religious Landscape Study, different religious affiliations have both higher and lower percentages.

More than six-in-10 adult American Mormons are married, according to the study published Monday. Of those not married, 19 percent have never been married, 5 percent are widowed, 7 percent are divorced and 3 percent are living with a partner. Another 2014 Religious Landscape Study showed that the percentage of Mormons married goes up after the age of 30. For adults between the ages of 18 and 29, 34 percent are married while the percentage rises to 74 percent after the age of 30.

While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide church, the study only surveyed a portion of the religious group — individuals in America.

Marital status of U.S. religious groups

Other religions with a higher-than-average marriage percentages include members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Hindus, Southern Baptists and Episcopal Church. Overall, the majority of different religious members surveyed had a higher percentage of married adult members than the national average.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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