The Rise of Commuter Marriages: Tips For Making Love Work Long Distance

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A growing number of married couples are living apart. This type of union is known as a commuter marriage, and more than 3.5 million couples in the United States are doing it. That number has more than doubled since 1990, when the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 1.7 million married couples were living apart for reasons other than a legal separation.

In 2011, 3.5 million couples 18 and older were part of a commuter marriage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau's current population survey. That's up about 17 percent from 2001, when 3 million couples did.

Why are so many married Americans staying far away from each other? And how do they keep their relationship alive from opposite sides of the country or even the world? Some say relationships are harder when there's a distance, others say it strengthens their union.

To explore how people in long-distance relationships make it work, and why they often don't, The Takeaway is joined by Anna Sale, host of Death, Sex & Money.

Have you ever spent time apart from your partner? What kept you in different places, and what are your tips for staying connected? Leave a comment below or call us at 1-877-869-8253.