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July 11, 1931


JAMA. 1931;97(2):118. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730020046024

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Marriage and Divorce Rate  According to the statistical year-book (vol. 3, 1930) the number of registered marriages for the year 1927 was 52,005; for the year 1928, 53,060, and for the year 1929, 44,337. The further increase in the high cost of living, which by far surpasses that of any European country, along with the present economic depression is thought to be responsible for the decrease in marriages for the year 1929. This decrease is especially noticeable in the better middle class; bachelors are on the increase among the intellectuals. While more than a decade or two ago, spinsters of any class were practically unknown, spinsters are not so very rare today.The marriages taking place in 1929 in urban communities numbered 18,289 and in rural communities 26,048. Most of these marriages were performed in January. According to statistics, 3,347 marriages in 1929 took place between bridegroom and bride who

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