*Forty-two percent of black adults have never been married, compared with just 26 percent of all American adults.

The statistics are dreary, and the message is staggering: Black people and marriage don’t mix.

Forty-two percent of black adults have never been married, compared with just 26 percent of all American adults. By the time most black Americans reach their early 30s, half have never married, compared with 31 percent or less for other racial and ethnic groups.

The news is especially depressing for black women.

Black women ages 35 to 44 are the only group of American women of child-bearing age with lower rates of marriage than men of the same race or ethnicity, according the U.S. Census Bureau. By their early 40s, 31 percent of black women have never been married, compared to 9 percent of white women, 11 percent of Asian women and 12 percent of Hispanic women.

Read Jackie Jones’ full report at BlackAmericaWeb.com.