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U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined in Last 10 Years

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U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined in Last 10 Years

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See How Marriage and Divorce Rates in Your State Stack Up

Both marriage and divorce rates in the United States declined from 2009 to 2019 but rates vary from state to state.

In 2019, there were 16.3 new marriages for every 1,000 women age 15 and over in the United States, down from 17.6 in 2009.

At the same time, the U.S. divorce rate fell from 9.7 new divorces per 1,000 women age 15 and over in 2009 to 7.6 in 2019.

How do the marriage and divorce rates in your state compare to the national average?

How do the marriage and divorce rates in your state compare to the national average? How do they stack up to those in other states?

Now, an updated U.S. Census Bureau visualization allows you to rank and compare. It shows state-by-state marriage and divorce rates using data from the 2009 and 2019 American Community Survey 1-year estimates.

In 2019:

  • Wyoming's marriage rate was among the highest in the nation.
  • Delaware's marriage rate was among the lowest.
  • Arkansas' divorce rate was among the highest.
  • Divorce rates in the District of Columbia and Maine were among the lowest in the nation.

Navigate to the map in the visualization below using the button that says “Click Here to View State-Level Maps of Marriage and Divorce Rates in 2019” and hover over each state to see how it compares to the national average.

Check out the state rankings table using the button that says “Click Here to View Ten-Year Comparisons and Rankings of Marriage and Divorce Rates by State” to see how your state compared to other states in 2009 and 2019.

 

 

Lydia Anderson and Zachary Scherer are statisticians in the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division.

 

 

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