There were 110 more marriages than divorces in 2018 in Alcorn County, according to court officials.
There were 278 marriages in 2018, Alcorn County Circuit Court records show.
And there were 168 final divorce judgments, chancery court records show.
A study published by the National Institutes of Health found numerous reasons that people get divorced such as lack of commitment, infidelity, excessive conflict, financial problems, getting married too young and religious differences.
In 2017, there were 266 marriage licenses issued in Alcorn County compared to 194 final divorce decrees, officials said. In 2016, there were 229 marriage licenses and 156 divorces.
The U.S. Census Bureau recently reported that the median age “at first marriage” increased from 27.1 and 25.3 years in 2003 for males and females, respectively, to 29.8 and 27.8 years in 2018.
“In 2018, 29 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 were married, a decrease of 30 percentage points when compared to 59 percent of young adults being married in 1978,” the Census Bureau reported.
Moreover, the Census Bureau reported that cohabitation by unmarried couples has increased. In 2018, 15 percent of young adults ages 25 to 34 lived with an unmarried partner, up from 12 percent in 2008, the agency said.
And 28 percent of U.S. households were occupied by a single person compared to just 13 percent in 1960. In 2018, there were 8.5 million unmarried opposite-sex couples living together.