The divorce rate is dropping, and it seems as if Millennials may be the reason. A University of Maryland study reports that younger couples – who approach relationships differently than previous generations – are staying married.

In the study, University of Maryland Sociology Professor Philip Cohen did an analysis of the U.S. Census and found that the country’s divorce rates had dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016. He attributed the decline to younger generations -- Millennials and Generation X – who are more carefully considering marriage. They are waiting to marry after establishing their finances and a career or choosing to live together instead.

This behavior is distinctly different from previous generations like the Baby Boomers, who married young and divorced at high rates. One new article on the study noted that, even in their 60s and 70s, Baby Boomers continue to divorce. “From 1990 to 2015, according to Bowling Green’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, the divorce rate doubled for people ages 55 to 64 and even tripled for Americans 65 and older.”

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