WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – For the first time in the past 50 years, researchers have found that a record number of wives are more educated than their husbands.

By analyzing Census data, researchers with the Pew Research Center, found that among married women in 2012, 21 percent had spouses who were less educated than they were.

From 1960 to 1990, the share of couples where the husband was more educated than their spouse had increased in that time period.  However, since then the numbers have fallen and in 2012 it was 20 percent.

According to the study, this trend is even more prevalent among newlyweds with younger women passing men in higher education over the past two decades.  Nearly 27 percent of newlywed women married a spouse who had a lower education level than theirs while only 15 percent of newlywed men did the same.

Despite married women being more educated than their husbands, the study found that in 2012 only 39 percent of newlywed women who married a spouse with less education out-earned their husband.  A clear majority of them, 58 percent, made less than their husband.

Researchers found that roughly 39 percent of women who are college educated newlyweds married a spouse without a college degree, but only 26 percent of men did the same.

The study also discovered that the number of college educated spouses with similar education levels decreased from 80 percent in 1960 to 60 percent in 2012.


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