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The Nation

The number of unmarried couples living together has more than tripled since 1970, climbing to nearly 2 million as young Americans continue to postpone marriage, the Census Bureau reported. There were 1,988,000 unmarried-couple households as of March, 1984. The report also found that young people are marrying at an older age than at any time since the turn of the century. And it noted that just since the 1980 census, young people have shown less inclination to set up housekeeping on their own, with those not married or cohabiting more often remaining with their parents.


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