A look at the research from 'Knot Yet'
The trend The benefits The costs
The age at which men and women marry is now at historic heights -- 27 for women and 29 for men -- and is still climbing.
nWomen enjoy an annual income premium if they wait until 30 or later to marry -- as much as $18,152 per year for college-educated women.
nDelayed marriage has helped to bring down the divorce rate. Couples who marry in their teens or early 20s are more likely to divorce.
nAccording to "Knot Yet,'' children born outside of marriage -- including to cohabiting couples -- are much more likely to experience family instability, school failure and emotional problems.
nChildren born to cohabiting couples are three times more likely to see their parents break up than are children born to married parents.
nThirty-five percent of single or cohabiting men report that they are "highly satisfied" with their life, compared to 52 percent of married men.
nLikewise, 33 percent of single women and 29 percent of cohabiting women are "highly satisfied," compared to 47 percent of married women.
Source: "Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America,'' a project of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, and the Relate Institute, 2013.