U.S. Divorce Statistics (2006)

By Divorce Magazine
June 05, 2006

Here's a sampling of some of the most recently availablestatisticson marriage and divorce in the United States of America:

U.S. Divorce Statistics (2006)
  • There were approximately 2,230,000marriagesin 2005 -- down from 2,279,000 the previous year, despite a total population increase of 2.9 million over the same period.
  • Thedivorce ratein 2005 (per 1,000 people) was 3.6 -- thelowest 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 theAssociated Press.)
  • Themarriage ratein 2005 (per 1,000) was 7.5, down from 7.8 the previous year.
  • In 2004, the state with thehighest reported divorce ratewasNevada, at 6.4 (per 1,000). Arkansas was a close second, with a divorce rate of 6.3, followed by Wyoming at 5.3. TheDistrict of Columbiahad thelowest reported divorce rate, at 1.7, followed by Massachusetts at 2.2 and Pennsylvania at 2.5. (Figures were not complete forCalifornia,Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, or Oklahoma.)
  • 8.1% of coupled households consist ofunmarried heterosexual partners, according toThe State of Our Unions 2005, a report issued by the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. The same study said that only 63% of Americanchildrengrow up with both biologicalparents-- thelowest figurein the Western world.
  • As of 2003, 43.7% ofcustodialmothersand 56.2% ofcustodial fatherswere eitherseparatedor divorced. And in 2002, 7.8 million Americans paid about $40 billion inchild and/or spousalsupport(84% of the payers weremale).
  • Americans tend to get married morebetween June and Octoberthan during the rest of the year. In 2005,Augusthad themost marriagesat about 235,000 or a rate of 9.3 per 1,000 people. The previous year,Julywas thehighest monthat 246,000, or a rate of 9.9; this doubled thelowest monthin 2004,January.

(Sources:U.S. Census Bureau,National Center for Health Statistics)

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By Divorce Magazine| June 05, 2006

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