First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.

It’s the children’s poem we’ve probably all heard at some point, and most likely used to torment classmates in kindergarten. So what’s the big deal about marriage? We went digging for some numbers about marriage — just to see if getting married is a big deal or not — and the results will blow your mind.

Here’s three numbers that jump off the page talking about the importance of marriage not only for us and our happiness, but for our kids as well.

Number #1

Married men fare better financially, making 10% – 50% more than their unmarried peers. Studies show they’re also healthier than men who were never married or whose marriages ended in divorce or widowhood.

Number #2

A child growing up in a married family is 82% less likely to grow up in poverty.

Number #3

Children living in single-parent homes are 50% more likely to experience poverty as adults when compared to children from intact married homes.

Holy Matrimony Batman!

When you look at these numbers, there’s no doubt marriage can have a major impact both on our lives today as well as any little rug rats that may come into the picture down the road. In fact, a Michigan State University study found that just like a fine wine, marriage tends to develop over time and helps those who are married deal with life’s challenges better than people who were unmarried. In other words, marriage makes people happier.

To borrow the words of Benjamin Franklin, it turns out marriage can make a person healthy, wealthy, and wise.

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