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The commuter marriage
The rising number of U.S. couples with long-distance marriages — and more in our collection of surprising facts and figures
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1.7 million
U.S. couples who lived apart in 1990

3.5 million
U.S. couples who live apart in 2013

3.1
Percent of U.S. marriages that are long distance. Chalk up this trend to the economy, online dating, and a relaxing of social norms, sociologists say.

Source: USA Today

Lauren Hansen is the multimedia editor at TheWeek.com. A graduate of Kenyon College and Northwestern University, she started her career in arts publishing and has since worked at media outlets including the BBC and Frontline.

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