DIVORCE RATES STATISTICS
Cohabitation, Separation/2000-2021

2000 divorce rates and marital status for females and males (15 years and older) in the United States:

  • United States Population: 281,421,906
  • Married-couple families : 54,493,232
  • Married-couple families with own children under 18 years of age: 24,835,505

NEVER MARRIED - Female: 27,009,217 Male: 30,980,734
NOW MARRIED, except separated - Female: 57,727,462 Male: 58,378,612
SEPARATED - Female: 2,916,327 Male: 1,878,943
WIDOWED - Female: 11,283,001 Male: 2,618,751
DIVORCED - Female: 12,326,369 Male: 9,032,100

DIVORCE FACTS

The total numbers of U.S. divorces (excluding California, Colorado, Indiana and Louisiana) reported finalized annually are 957,200 in 2000, 944,317 in 1999, and 947,384 in 1998.

The total numbers of U.S. marriages (including California, Colorado, Indiana and Louisiana) reported celebrated annually are 2,355,005 in 2000, 2,366,623 in 1999, and 2,267,854 in 1998.

45 - 53% of marriages taking place right now that will eventually divorce.

60% of remarriages end in divorce.

76 % of second marriages fail within five years.

87 % of third marriages fail.

93 % of fourth marriages end in divorce within five years.

COHABITATION

Couples are increasingly shifting from marriage to cohabitation, whitch is not necessarily good news, especially for children. In the US 40% of parents bring their children into these often-unstable live-in relationships.

65% - percentage of men and women who live together before getting married

55% of cohabitating couples get married within five years of moving in together.

40% of couples who live together break up within five years.

Percentage of children who grow up with both biological parents in the US: 63%

Percentage of coupled households that are made up of unmarried, heterosexual partners: 8.1%

Number of cohabitating, unmarried couples:

4.2 million in 1998
439,000 in 1963

The U.S. divorce rate is 17.7 per 1,000 married women, down from 22.6 in 1980.

The marriage rate is also on a steady decline: a 50% drop since 1970 from 76.5 per 1,000 unmarried women to 39.9

EARLY MARRIAGE

Nearly half of marriages in which the bride is 18 or younger end in separation or divorce within 10 years.

50% of people who marry under age 18 end up divorced
40% of people who marry under age 20 end up divorced
24% of people who marry after age 25 end up divorced

People who get married between the ages of 23-27 are much less likely to get divorced than those who marry as teens.

They are also much more likely to be in high-quality marriages than people who marry in their late twenties or later.

TOP 3 Reasons Given For Divorce:

1 - lack of commitment
2 - too much conflict and arguing
3 - infidelity

What is the #1 reason you and your wife split up?:

  • She was unfaithful - 22%
  • We grew apart - 21%
  • We fell out of love - 16%
  • We argued constantly - 13%
  • No longer sexually attracted - 5%
  • I was unfaithful - 3%
  • Other - 20%

Source: Men's Health: Best Life, September/ October 2004

ARMED FORCES - Divorce Rates

Divorces in the Army nearly doubled from 2001 to 2004.

About 20% of marriages end within 2 years when one spouse has been sent off to war.

6.3% of active duty enlisted men and 11.1% of enlisted women are currently divorced or annulled.

ECONOMICS

Net worths of people near retirement:

Married individuals - $410,000 ($205,000 each)
Single, never married individuals - $167,000
Single, divorced individuals - $154,000

Net worths for young parents:

Married couples - $26,000 ($13,000 each)
Remarried couples - $22,500
Couples living together - $1,000
Single mothers had no net worth

INFIDELITY

80% - Percentage of cheating men who get caught.

64% - Percentage of couples who preserve their marriage after an affair.

78% - Of those couples who remain married despite an affair describe the marriage as unhappy or empty.

31% - Percentage of marriages that separate after an affair has been admitted to or discovered.

Average length of an affair: 2 years

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2000, National Center for Health Statistics, Annual Review of Sociology

UPDATE

In 2019 the U.S. population was roughly 328.3 Million people and the number of marriages registered was 2.015,603. It was down from previous years, 2018 - 2,132,853 and 2017 - 2,236. 496 and 2016 - 2,251.411.

Below you will find the numbers from 2000 to 2019:  

YEAR - MARRIAGES - POPULATION - RATE per 1,000 total population

2019 - 2,015,603 - 328,239,523 - 6.1

2018 - 2,132,853 - 327,167,434 - 6.5

2017 - 2,236,496 - 325,719,178 - 6.9

2016 - 2,251,411 - 323,127,513 - 7.0

2015 - 2,221,579 - 321,418,820 - 6.9

2014 - 2,140,272 - 308,759,713 - 6.9

2013 - 2,081,301 - 306,136,672 - 6.8

2012 - 2,131,000 - 313,914,040 - 6.8

2011 - 2,118,000 - 311,591,917 - 6.8

2010 - 2,096,000 - 308,745,538 - 6.8

2009 - 2,080,000 - 306,771,529 - 6.8

2008 - 2,157,000 - 304,093,966 - 7.1

2007 - 2,197,000 - 301,231,207 - 7.3

2006 - 2,193,000 - 294,077,247 - 7.5

2005 - 2,249,000 - 295,516,599 - 7.6

2004 - 2,279,000 - 292,805,298 - 7.8

2003 - 2,245,000 - 290,107,933 - 7.7

2002 - 2,290,000 - 287,625,193 - 8.0

2001 - 2,326,000 - 284,968,955 - 8.2

2000 - 2,315,000 - 281,421,906 - 8.2

The number of divorces registered in 2019 was 746.971, in 2018 was 732.038, in 2017 was 787,251, in 2016 was 776.288. 

Below you will find the numbers from 2000 to 2019: 

YEAR -  DIVORCES -  POPULATION - RATE per 1,000 total population

2019 - 746,971 - 272,842,748 - 2.7

2018 - 782,038 - 271,791,413 - 2.9

2017 - 787,251 - 270,423,493 - 2.9

2016 - 776,288 - 257,904,548 - 3.0

2015 - 800,909 - 258,518,265 - 3.1

2014 - 813,862 - 256,483,624 - 3.2

2013 - 832,157 - 254,408,815 - 3.3

2012 - 851,000 - 248,041,986 - 3.4

2011 - 877,000 - 246,273,366 - 3.6

2010 - 872,000 - 244,122,529 - 3.6

2009 - 840,000 - 242,610,561 - 3.5

2008 - 844,000 - 240,545,163 - 3.5

2007 - 856,000 - 238,352,850 - 3.6

2006 - 872,000 - 236,094,277 - 3.7

2005 - 847,000 - 233,495,163 - 3.6

2004 - 879,000 - 236,402,656 - 3.7

2003 - 927,000 - 243,902,090 - 3.8

2002 - 955,000 - 243,108,303 - 3.9

2001 - 940,000 - 236,416,762 - 4.0

2000 - 944,000 - 233,550,143 - 4.0

Some years exclude data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Overall, the rate of divorces in America is falling.

The lowest divorce rate by state occurs in Illinois and Louisiana, with rates of just 1.9 per 1,000 people. Conversely, the states with the highest divorce race are Nevada and Oklahoma, with 4.5 and 4.1 per 1,000 people, respectively.

According to the Institute of Family Studies, the American divorce rate in 2019 hit a fifty-year low with only 14.9 marriages out of 1000 marriages ending in divorce. This report was accompanied by Census Data stating that “the median duration of current marriages in the U.S. has increased almost one year in the recent decade, from 19 years in 2010  to 19.8 years in 2019.” 

The current divorce rate in the US is 2.9 persons per 1,000 people.

Divorces amongst people aged 50+ years is rising.

There are currently over 750,000 divorces in the U.S. each year.

The average length of a marriage in the US is 8.2 years.

Fewer couples choose to marry than pre-1990.

Most Americans who file for divorce do so between January and March.

For adults aged between 40-49 years of age, it’s 21 per 1,000 persons. In contrast, the divorce rate amongst adults aged 50+ years is 10 in 1,000 persons.

The rate of divorce after 10 years is 48% for people who marry before the age of 18. The rate is just 25% for those who marry after the age of 25. For those who marry between the ages of 20-25, there is a 44%-60% chance of the union ending in divorce. 

THE COVID PANDEMIC AND DIVORCE

During the Spring of 2020, Online divorce-form providers stated that they experienced a 34% increase in the purchase of their online divorce-forms compared to the same time in 2019.

Users from the Southern United States pursued divorce on their site 2-3 times as much as other regions in the United States. They also found that 58% of users interested in divorce were married less than 5 months.

Studies on Marriage and Divorce in 2020 from the Institute of Family Studies found a sizable drop in divorce. In New Hampshire, the divorce rate fell by as much as 36% in 2020.

Divorce Rates Are Now Dropping. The uncertainty of the pandemic and financial concerns are two reasons couples are staying together.

In Los Angeles divorce filings are down 17.3 percent from the previous year, as 12,750 people filed for divorce from March 2, 2020, to Feb. 26, 2021, compared to 15,222 who filed in the previous year.

There is no doubt that divorces will surge again, as soon as life returns to normal. 

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