Rural Upbringing Increases Odds that Young People Will Marry

The map compares the "neighborhood effects" of counties on the marriage rates of poor children. The data is from the Equality of Opportunity Project, An interactive version of the map is posted below. The same “neighborhood effects” that appear to increase the future earnings of poor, rural children also result in higher marriage rates.

Children who grow up in rural counties are more likely to be married by their mid- to late 20s than those who are reared in the middle of our largest cities.

In general, the longer a child spends growing up in a rural community, the […]