Marriage rates are lower among black women compared to white women, even among those with a college education.
The proportion of black college graduates aged 25 to 35 who have never married is 60 percent, compared to 38 percent for white college-educated women.
It is much easier for college graduates to find and marry each other when there are more equal numbers of each gender within an educational bracket.
“Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate.” Writing in The Daily Princetonian, Patton went on: “You will never again be surrounded by this concentration of men who are worthy of you.” Race is a factor in patterns of assortative mating.
And government programs that encourage marriage have not yet yielded overwhelming improvements in the poverty statistics.
Sociologists have also suggested that the tendency of college graduates to marry one another has exacerbated income inequality, as two high earners, male and female, form a home, rather than two high earners, both male, providing for two households.
Married people are much less likely to live in poverty than unmarried people, and the children of families with two parents tend to fare better across a series of measures than those of single parent families. What has not yet been conclusively proved is which is the the predicating factor, the lack of money or the lack of a wedding ring.
Marriage rates among the non-college educated population have fallen sharply in the last few decades, and sharpest of all in the black population.We focus on the 25 to 35 year-old age cohort because these are the years during which most women, particularly college graduates, enter into their first marriage.There is a gender gap here too: Frey reports that three-quarters of black-white marriages involve a black man, rather than a black woman.Black women face more difficult “marriage markets” than white women, given current rates of intermarriage according to work from University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Black women have the lowest rates of “marrying out” across race lines, in part because of racist attitudes to inter-marriage.Just 49% of college-educated black women marry a well-educated man (i.e., with at least some post-secondary education), compared to 84% of college-educated white women, according to an analysis of PSID data by Yale sociologist Vida Maralani.