You’re not crazy: Kansas City millennials are much more likely to be married than millennials in other cities

Joe Carey

Millennials are far less economically secure than the generations that preceded them, and as a result are waiting longer to marry. As the U.S. Census Bureau noted last year:

“Many young adults entered the job market during the Great Recession (2007-2009). Subsequently, that led to high rates of unemployment and underemployment, lower income, higher rates of poverty, and lower rates of homeownership among young adults compared to previous generations.”

The national marriage rate for millennials is 32.9 percent, according to a recent report that draws upon data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Year and was published by the life insurance company Haven Life. But in some cities, the millennial marriage rate is far higher than in others.

Would it surprise you to learn that Kansas City, a place where people are constantly lamenting the shallow dating pool, is one of those cities? Well, it is.

Kansas City, in fact, has the third highest millennial marriage rate of all large metropolitan areas in the U.S. (more than a million people). At 38.3 percent, we trail only Salt Lake City (43.2 percent) and Oklahoma City (38.7 percent). Millennials were defined in this study as between the age of 21 and 36 in the year 2017.

This kind of “study” is often a bit goofy — they’re essentially content marketing for corporations trying to sell you something, in this case life insurance — but these results seem accurate and are based upon a reasonable-seeming methodology.

Today’s lesson: You better move or else get married soon, otherwise nobody will be left!

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