American Community Survey

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Why We Ask Questions About...
Marital Status/Marital History

Your privacy concerns

“I Don't Want Everyone to Know When I Got Married or How Many Times I’ve Been Married”

We use your confidential survey answers to create statistics like those in the results below and in the full tables that contain all the data—no one is able to figure out your survey answers from the statistics we produce. The Census Bureau is legally bound to strict confidentiality requirements. Individual records are not shared with anyone, including federal agencies and law enforcement entities. By law, the Census Bureau cannot share respondents' answers with anyone—not the IRS, not the FBI, not the CIA, and not with any other government agency.

Questions as they appear on the form

We ask four questions that cover information about marital status, changes in marital status, and lifetime marital history.

Results from these questions

United States

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Marital status/marital history data help communities:

U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rates by State: 2009 & 2019

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marriage and divorce rates

[Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2009 and 2019 American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates]

History of marital questions

Marital status originated with the 1880 Census, while marital history originated with the 1850 Census. Marital status was transferred to the ACS in 2005 when it replaced the decennial census long form, while marital history was added in 2008.

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