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Table 7 Percentages ever-cohabiting among all women, by age and completed level of education, People’s Republic of China, 2014

From: The second demographic transition, 1986–2020: sub-replacement fertility and rising cohabitation—a global update

Age Illiteratea Primary Middle High school University
20–24 21.6 36.2 (22.7) (15.6) (5.9)
25–29 14.5 25.0 27.7 35.9 31.2
30–34 9.2 18.9 27.5 31.2 27.0
35–39 15.5 13.2 16.6 26.0 27.0
40–44 8.5 11.6 12.5 18.0 6.8
  1. Source: Courtesy of J. Yu and Y. Xie; data: China Family Panel Study (CFPS) 2014 round
  2. aIncludes some women who are partially literate
  3. Note: figures within parentheses denote that many women 20–24 in these higher education categories are not yet in any union. As they progress to enter unions the rates of cohabitation are very likely to increase considerably and surpass the percentages currently observed for the women aged 25–29