Educated Black Women Are The Most Likely to Marry

Study finds that educated black women are most likely to get married.

By: Amanda Anderson-Niles

Statistics usually paint a very depressing picture for women of color. In just about any of the prominent black publications, black women are constantly reminded that their chances of getting married are incredibly slim, and that it is time for them to consider other options and races of men to increase their successes in romance. This happens to be the hop topic in the black community, with everyone, even those who lack tangible logical reasoning skills offering their distorted facts on why black women are getting married at lower rates than other women.

One of the biggest myths as to why this could be occurring is that black women are too independent, as a result of over-excelling in their careers and pursuing higher education at higher levels than black men.

Then there are those pesky statistics. They are usually interpreted incorrectly, thus painting marriage to be out of reach for most women of color.

But one study went a bit further to figure out just how big of a role education plays when it comes to a woman getting married.

In the 1970s, New York University professor Paula England began an extensive study including Black, White, Asian, and Hispanic women born from 1958 to 1964. As to no surprise, the study concluded that African-American women marry at lower rates than the other group of women involved in the research. However, those with college degrees tend to have a better shot at “Happily Ever After.” England tells the Chicago Tribune:

“Overall, black women are less likely to marry than white women are. For black women, a college education means they are even more likely to marry.”

This conclusion easily proves that independent and educated black women are not as unattractive as some would like for women of color to believe. Although they do tend to marry a lot later on in life after establishing careers, they are the most likely to get married than their non-college degree toting counterparts.


For more on the study, visit the Chicago Tribune.


  1. Why am I still single? I ask this not to be disrespectful, but I’d like to hear from a married woman what I could possibly be doing wrong. I want to get married and have a healthy relationship that is fulfilling in addition to my career. What advice can you give women like me? I see a lot of women around me getting married, so what gives?

  2. Melissa, I need to know a little more about your situation. Since I don’t really know your dating history, I could only assume that you could be dating the wrong kinds of men. There are a lot of unmarried women going after the wrong types of men. That in itself will keep you single for a very long time. But I don’t know your situation, so let’s talk about it. In fact, email me at [email protected]. I’d like to turn this into a future article that could be helpful to you and other women in your shoes. Does that work for you?

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