NEW YORK (FOX5NY.COM) - If you waited to get married, chances are you won't get divorced. At least, that is what the numbers are showing.
A University of Maryland sociology professor started looking at a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the last nine years asking one simple question: "Did you get divorced in the last 12 months."
The U.S. divorce rate has dropped 18 percent from when the survey started in 2008 to 2016, according to Professor Philip Cohen, who said this is mainly due to the younger generation, especially women, waiting longer to tie the knot.
"Women who are going to college are really trying to finish college and get their careers started before they get married," Professor Cohen said. "They want to be more set up and more established."
Statistically speaking, while Professor Cohen said marrying in your mid-30s reduces the possibility of divorce, not everyone we spoke to agrees.
"Nothing wrong with high school sweethearts per se but the longer you're in the field, the higher the chance you have of finding just the right person," Professor Cohen said.
So what if you met your match when you were younger, got married, and now you're thinking this study means you're doomed?
Professor Cohen said that sometimes you just get lucky. After all, when you know, you know, right?