- Jun 9, 2011
I don't think the marriage rate in itself is that significant - as I said in a previous post. Many couples are cohabiting now without marrying. What's more significant is the number of kids born to really single mothers - i.e. no partner. The Irish figures don't tell us that.It looks like the plague has arrived in Ireland, too. And we're much worse than those classy whites in the US.
And in 2016, 36.54% were born outside marriage in the 26 counties. This is increasing, BTW:It looks like the more money you have, the more likely you are to be married. A pasttime for the upper classes, marriage is becoming.
Also, the marriage data doesn't say everything - many kids now are probably being born to stable, cohabiting couples, lots of whom may eventually get married.
There is interesting data here regarding 2005-2010 period:
Only 10% of births to white mothers were to unmarried non-cohabiting women. 17% is the equivalent figure for Hispanic women, but it was 49% for black women.