Washington DC Has Highest Gay Population, Lowest Marriage Rate in US

Written by scott on October 20th, 2009

According to a recent Pew Research study, the District of Columbia has the lowest marriage rate in the country. Only 23 percent of women and 28 percent of men and in D.C. are married, compared to 48 and 52 percent nationwide. The rates in D.C. are so low that they lie entirely off the Pew map’s color key. The closest states to D.C.’s numbers are Rhode Island, where 43 percent of women are married, and Alaska, where 47 percent of men are married.

Why aren’t D.C. residents getting hitched?

The Pew poll offers up one possibly related figure: residents of D.C. get married significantly later in life than do the residents of the 50 states. In D.C., the median age at first marriage is 30 for women and 32 for men. In contrast, the median age for a first marriage in the state of Idaho is 24 for women and 25 for men.

Full Story from The Sexist: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/10/19/d-c-has-lowest-marriage-rate-in-nation-largest-percentage-of-same-sex-couples/

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