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Forever alone: 1 in 5 Americans have always been single, many won't marry

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Posted at 10:09 AM, May 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-14 10:12:27-04

The number of Americans who have always been single and will never marry is at a historic high.

According to a 2014 Pew Research report, “about 20% of Americans older than 25 had always been single in 2012, up from 9% in 1960.” If the winds keep blowing in this direction, their analysis suggests that 25% of millennials will never marry.

Why is marriage on the downtrend? It could be that marriage is starting to lose the status it once had, or that unemployment is preventing people from settling down.

Though wedding bells might not be ringing as often throughout the country as a whole, there are still some places where marriage is very much alive and thriving.

Genealogy site MooseRoots used census data to see how marriage rates changed. Watch how the number of married people has fluctuated in America from 1970 to 2010:Watch Marriage Rates Over Time | MooseRoots

Scroll through this list to see in which states marriage rates have declined the most over the last 40 years:

Here's where people are really starting to tie the knot | MooseRoots