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Current Population Survey Data on Marriage and Divorce

Marital Status and Living Arrangement data are collected annually in the March Current Population Survey (CPS) for the Nation, from 1950 to the present, with limited detail for states and some metropolitan areas. More data on marital status and living arrangements for states, metropolitan areas, and other geographic locations are shown from the Decennial Census.


These reports have been combined with the former "Households and Families" reports. Please see the new reports at the America's Families and Living Arrangements Web site.

Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1998 (P20-514)

Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1997 (Update) (P20-506)

Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1996 (P20-496)

Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1995 (Update) (P20-491)

Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1994 (P20-484)

  • Report (including detailed tables) [PDF - 1M]

Households, Families, and Children: A 30-Year Perspective (P23-181: Published 1992)

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the 1990s (P23-180: Published 1992)

Studies in Household and Family Formation (P23-169: Published 1990)

Studies in Marriage and the Family (P23-162: Published 1989)

Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces in the United States: June 1975 (P20-297)

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage by Year of Birth: June 1971 (P20-239)


Social and Economic Variations in Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: 1967 (P20-223)

Read the fact sheet on differences between the marital status estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS-ASEC).

The main CPS website provides data downloading, access to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and to the technical documentation for different CPS supplements. You can also access technical documentation on monthly survey on the Web site.

CPS data is also available in other areas of the Census Bureau site. The CPS FTP download page allows you to download the datasets for statistical purposes. Any questions on this page should be directed to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CPS Definitions and Explanations

CPS definitions and explanations are available from the Current Population Survey Web site.

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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Marriage and Divorce |  Last Revised: August 15, 2012