Many changes in the last half century have affected marriage and divorce rates.

Cultural norms changed in ways that decreased the aversion to being single and increased the probability of cohabitation.

Using the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)—a survey of people born during the 1957–1964 period—this study examines the marriage and divorce patterns for a cohort of young baby boomers up to age 46.

Marriage patterns differed markedly by age at marriage and by educational attainment.

Approximately 42 percent of marriages that took place between ages 15 and 46 ended in divorce by age 46.

In the NLSY79, women in this cohort were more likely to marry and to remarry than were men.

About 85 percent of the NLSY79 cohort married by age 46, and among those who married, a sizeable fraction, almost 30 percent, married more than once.

The bulk of marriages occurred by age 28, with relatively few marriages taking place at age 35 or older.

Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79), this article examines marriages and divorces of young baby boomers born during the 1957–1964 period.

The article presents data on marriages and divorces by age, gender, race, and Hispanic origin, as well as by educational attainment.

In particular, the study focuses on differences in marriage and divorce patterns by educational attainment and by age at marriage.

This work is descriptive and does not attempt to explain causation or why marriage patterns differ across groups.