Forget Cupid, A College Education May Increase the Chance for a Long Marriage

Studies show that those with college degrees marry earlier and stay married longer

By Erin Palmer
Posted February 14, 2013 10:00 AM

Earning a College Degree May Increase Your Chances for a Long Marriage
Earning a College Degree May Increase Your Chances for a Long Marriage

Those looking for more incentive to attend college need look no further than their own love life.

At least one study has found that the secret to a long marriage may not be Cupid’s arrow, but a college degree.

Data from the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) showed that college graduates had a higher probability of staying married for 20 years. The study indicated that men and women who are 22-44 years old and who hold at least a bachelor’s degree tended to stay married longer than those without a college diploma.

So, perhaps people looking for love this Valentine’s Day should consider stepping away from online dating sites and instead pursue a college degree.

According to the NSFG, the probability of a having a first marriage last 20 years was 78% for women who hold at least a bachelor’s degree. The probability dropped to 49% for women who have completed some college and 41% for those who attained now further education after graduating from high school.

The ladies aren’t the only ones who have found long-lasting love after graduating from college. The trend was similar for men.

Men with at least a bachelor’s degree had a 65% chance of reaching a 20-year first marriage, while those with some college had a 54% chance and high school graduates had a 47% chance, according to the survey, which was reported in a 2012 publication by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Not only can a college education help increase the length of a marriage, but it may also improve a person’s chances of walking down the aisle by the age of 30 and stop well-meaning friends and family from asking, “When are you going to find someone nice and settle down?”

A Pew Research study on The Reversal of the College Marriage Gap showed that 2008 marked a change in the marital patterns of college-educated adults. For the first time, people with at least a bachelor’s degree were more likely to be married by the age of 30 than those who were less-educated.

The study also indicated that people with a college education were less likely to get divorced or be married multiple times.

Forget about roses, chocolates and teddy bears. A college degree is the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for anyone looking for a happily ever after.

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