Live-In Lovers Hit Record Number

6.4M unmarried hetero couples live together
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2008 7:23 AM CDT
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Census Bureau data say that 6.4 million unmarried American couples are living together.   (Getty Images (by Event))
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(Newser) – The number of unmarried heterosexual couples living together reached a record 6.4 million in 2007, or 10% of all hetero couples who share a home, according to the Census Bureau. It's a snapshot of the changing American family. Some 2.5 million of the couples—45.5%—are raising at least one biological child of either partner, and 1.3 million—21%—have a child together, reports USA Today.

Living together in the US doesn't often indicate a long-term commitment, but it has become "part of the life course," said a sociologist.  "It's something people do that leads to somewhere. If it doesn't lead to marriage, it leads to splitsville."