Let's Look At Divorce Rates In America

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A common myth about marriage is that half of them end in divorce. It comes from naively dividing the divorce rate by the marriage rate.

Based on a 2014 American Community Survey, no demographic: employed, unemployed, white, black, hispanic, kids, no kids - goes beyond the 45 percent mark.

Another interesting statistic, from the Survey is that by age 60, among the employed in 2014 who married at some time in their lives, 32 percent of women and 26 percent of men either divorced or remarried.

According to the CDC in 2014, there were 2,140, 272 marriages (49 reporting States and D.C), the marriage rate: 6.9 per 1,000 total population (49 reporting States and D.C), and the divorce rate: 3.2 per 1,000 population (45 reporting States and D.C.).

And these are the cold hard facts.


So how old should couples be when they commit? Research from the U.S. governments' 1995, 2002, and 2006 National Surveys of Family and Growth shows that at 23—the age when many people graduate from college, settle into adult life and begin becoming financially independent—the correlation with divorce dramatically drops off.

They found that individuals who committed to cohabitation or marriage at the age of 18 saw a 60 percent rate of divorce. Whereas individuals who waited until 23 to commit saw a divorce rate that hovered more around 30 percent.