Study: Married People Live Longer Than Those That CohabitSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Wed, 11/14/2012 - 13:18
CINCINNATI, Ohio (CBS Cleveland) – Married couples tend to live longer and adapt better to health setbacks than their single counterparts.
The number of Americans who live together without being married continues to rise — from 400,000 in 1960 to 7.6 million in 2011, according to Census data. However, new research indicates that married people live longer than those that cohabit.
Researchers Hui Liu of Michigan State University and Corinne Reczek at the University of Cincinnati looked at the national health survey data of nearly 200,000 people, taken from 1997 to 2004. They found that the rate of mortality among men in cohabitating relationships dropped by 80 percent, while the rate dropped 59 percent for women.