Recent Statistics on
marriage and divorce in the United States of America:
- There were approximately 2,230,000
marriages in the year 2005 -- from 2,279,000 the previous year, despite
a total population increase of 2.9 million over the same period.
- The divorce rate in 2005 (per 1,000
people) was 3.6 -- the lowest rate since 1970, and down from 4.2 in 2000
and from 4.7 in 1990. (The peak was at 5.3 in 1981, according to the
- The marriage rate in 2005 (per 1,000)
was 7.5, down from 7.8 the previous year.
- In 2004, the state with the highest
reported divorce rate was Nevada, at 6.4 (per 1,000). Arkansas was a
close second, with a divorce rate of 6.3, followed by Wyoming at 5.3.
The District of Columbia had the lowest reported divorce rate, at 1.7,
followed by Massachusetts at 2.2 and Pennsylvania at 2.5. (Figures were
not complete for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, or
- 8.1% of coupled households consist of
unmarried heterosexual partners,
according to The State of Our Unions 2005, a report issued by the
National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. The same study said
that only 63% of American children grow
up with both biological parents -- the
lowest figure in the Western
- As of 2003, 43.7% of
custodial mothers and 56.2% of
custodial fathers were either
separated or divorced. And in
2002, 7.8 million Americans paid about $40 billion in
child and/or spousal support
(84% of the payers were male).
- Americans tend to get married more
between June and October than during the rest of the year. In 2005,
August had the most marriages at about 235,000 or a rate of 9.3 per
1,000 people. The previous year, July was the highest month at 246,000,
or a rate of 9.9; this doubled the lowest month in 2004, January.
U.S. Census Bureau
National Center for Health Statistics
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