Romantic relationships naturally have a lot of similarities, but there are also some stark differences in how they change. In the United States, where there are people from many different walks of life, its quite clear that romantic relationships and the mechanics that make them work are very broad. For example, if you look at relationships from a racial standpoint, African Americans who are in long term relationships get married far less often than members from any other race, who are engaged in long term relationships.
A recent study shows that marriage overall in the United States has been on a steady decline since the 1970's, with African American couples have the deepest decline of any other race. Those African Americans who have not completed high school, or are struggling financially get married the least of all other types of couples in the country. Ironically, it is these types of unions in which the most children are born.
It is slightly less difficult for African American women who have gotten a post secondary education to find a marriage partner. Many of these women site the reason for not being married until later in life, as there are not enough African American men who share their educational backgrounds and their future life goals available to settle down with.
In the state of Tennessee, of all the four largest counties, Shelby (Memphis, TN) recorded the highest number of new marriages in 2012. However, the number of divorces that were recorded for this county were equal to about 42% of the number of new marriages that began that same year. While these statistics are not surprising to many, they do provide strong evidence that there is a growing trend in the United States where marriage is becoming less and less important in long term relationships. However, before you discount the idea of marriage in your relationship, check out all of the benefits that being married to your love can bring you.