The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home-buying, staying put rather than moving. Census figures, released today, show the social impact of the economic decline as it hit home in 2008. Findings are based on information from 3 million households.
31% Percentage of Americans 15 and older who have never been married, the highest level in a decade. The never-married include three-fourths of men in their 20s and two-thirds of women in that age range.
67% The home-ownership rate fell to the lowest level in six years, after hitting a peak of 67.3 percent in 2006.
15% In a country where people typically move to take advantage of better job opportunities, those who changed residences fell to 15 percent in 2008, from a recent peak of 16 percent in 2006.
78% Women with full-time jobs made only 78 percent of men's pay, up from 77.5 percent in 2007 and about 64 percent in 2000.
25.5 Average commute time, inminutes, erasing years of decreases to stand at the level of 2000. Palmdale, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, posted the longest commute, at 41.5 minutes. Shortest commute time: Bloomington, Ill., at 14.1 minutes.
16% Percentage of Americans 65 and older, or 6.1 million, who were still working. That's up from 15 percent in 2007.
38M Immigrants made up 12.5 percent of the population in 2008, a decline of almost 100,000 people from 2007. An estimated 11.9 million are here illegally. About half the states showed declines in the number of immigrants from 2007 to 2008. Metro areas also posted decreases, including Tampa.