President Obama's State of the Union speech dominated headlines last week, but the state of our unions--marital, that is--was also in the news with the announcement of John and Elizabeth Edwards' separation. The Edwardses will join the ranks of the 2% of Americans who told Census takers in 2000 that they were separated.
The Census asked about marital status for the first time in 1880. From 1880 to 1940, Census demographers Rose Kreider and Tavia Simmons tell us, the categories on the decennial form were "single," "married," "widowed" and "divorced." In 1950"separated" was added. This year's form also asks about "unmarried partners."
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