WASHINGTON — Americans marched to the altar last June at the highest rate in years, government statistics indicate.
About 306,000 American couples tied the knot in June, according to figures collected by the National Center for Health Statistics.
That's a rate of 15.8 marriages per 1,000 Americans--the highest level for any one month since June, 1978, when the rate was 16.0.
But despite the surge in June--traditionally the most popular month for weddings--the national marriage rate remained relatively level on an annual basis.
The number of marriages in the United States has been increasing in recent years, but only enough to keep pace with the growth of the population, causing the rate to remain relatively steady, according to Barbara Wilson of the statistics center.