A new report claims that marriage increases the wealth of states. These are the four major results they found:
Higher levels of marriage, and especially higher levels of married-parent families, are strongly associated with more economic growth, more economic mobility, less child poverty, and higher median family income at the state level in the United States.
The share of parents in a state who are married is one of the top predictors of the economic outcomes studied in this report. In fact, this family factor is generally a stronger predictor of economic mobility, child poverty, and median family income in the American states than are the educational, racial, and age compositions of the states.
[M]arriage plays a particularly important role in fostering a positive labor market orientation among young men.
Violent crime is much less common in states with larger shares of families headed by married parents… This is noteworthy because high crime rates lower the quality of life and real living standards and are associated with lower levels of economic growth and mobility.