Child marriage in the US is surprisingly prevalent

Between 2000 and 2010, an estimated 248,000 children were married, most of whom were girls, some as young as 12, wedding men. Now, under pressure from advocates and amid a nationwide reckoning over gender equality and sexual misconduct, states have begun ending exceptions.

The long-distance marriage that’s built to last

The practice of married people living apart has risen 44% since 2000 to 3.96 million, census data show. Although the data include couples who live apart for all reasons, including incarceration or living in a nursing home, a sizable number do this for work.