Census: More in Minn. are say no to marriage

New data from the 2010 census shows that the married couples no longer make up the majority of households in the Twin Cities area.

The Star Tribune reports ( http://bit.ly/iHTfn5) Thursday that the census found that 48.6% of households in the seven-county metropolitan area were married couples. That’s down from 50.9% in 2000.

The rest of Minnesota is close behind, with 50.8% of households made up of married couples.

State Demographer Tom Gillaspy says the changes have come slowly and changing families will be 1 of the big issues facing society in the next couple of decades.

The proportion of married households in the nation has been dropping since 1950, when 78% of households were married couples. By 2000, that had dropped to 52%.

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com