While millennials want to be married and to be a parent, both can wait.

According to PEW Research, around 30% of millennials say that having a successful marriage is one of their most important life goals and 52% say that being a good parent is one of the most important things for them. More tolerant to non-traditional behaviours related to marriage and parenting, millennials tend to hold less moral stigma to living together with a boyfriend/girlfriend, and are more approving of having children out-of-wedlock.

With the combination of these factors, an increase in cohabitating couples, and their tolerance to non-traditional behaviours related to marriage and parenting, they are pushing marriage to the back burner while focusing on building a career and paying down their student loan and living in the moment.

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