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Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2016

Report Number P70-167
Yerís Mayol-García, Benjamin Gurrentz, and Rose M. Kreider


Marriage and divorce are key events that shape many areas of people’s lives, including their happiness, health, and economic resources. In order to understand the living arrangements and composition of families in the United States, it is also important to examine marriage and divorce. The number, timing, and duration of marriages and divorces often reflect the changing economic conditions, social norms, and cultural attitudes prevalent in the country, which in turn affect important family characteristics. The report uses data from the 2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-year estimates, 2014 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) Wave 1 and 2014 Social Security Administration Supplement to provide a uniquely comprehensive look at marital patterns in the United States.

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