CDC: Nearly half of couples move in together before marriage

EUGENE, Ore. -- A new study found that nearly half of women in the US are moving in with their partners before marriage.

Of the over 12,000 women interviewed by the Centers for Disease Control from 2006 to 2010, 48 percent were shacking up with their partners before getting married. That number is up from 35 percent when a similar survey was taken in 1995.

The CDC study sampled women with diverse races and education levels between the ages of 15 and 44.

Nearly 70 percent of women who did not get a high school diploma moved in with their boyfriends before marriage.

The pre-marital cohabitation rate dropped to 47 percent in women with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Students at the University of Oregon that live with their partners like Jaqui Lyons say that living with your lover makes sense as the costs of living are so high.

"When I moved in with (him) it was more for convenient living space," Lyons told KVAL News. "It meant that I would be closer to school so my commute would be shorter and it'd be closer to my job. It just made sense at the time but we had already been dating for like a year and a half."

The CDC also says that women are starting to live with their partners at a younger age, as one in four females in the US cohabitates before they reach the age of twenty.

""That's pretty shocking! I did not expect that, because you're so young ... so why the rush?" said UO sophomore Rebecca Cohen

While the study found that there is a steady increase in women moving in before marriage, the data also found that 40 percent of all couples were married after three years of living together.