Live-In Lovers Hit Record Number

6.4M unmarried hetero couples live together
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 7:23 AM CDT
Live-In Lovers Hit Record Number
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Census Bureau data say that 6.4 million unmarried American couples are living together.   (Getty Images (by Event))

The number of unmarried heterosexual couples living together reached a record 6.4 million in 2007, or 10% of all hetero couples who share a home, according to the Census Bureau. It's a snapshot of the changing American family. Some 2.5 million of the couples—45.5%—are raising at least one biological child of either partner, and 1.3 million—21%—have a child together, reports USA Today.

Living together in the US doesn't often indicate a long-term commitment, but it has become "part of the life course," said a sociologist.  "It's something people do that leads to somewhere. If it doesn't lead to marriage, it leads to splitsville." (Read more Census Bureau stories.)

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