Do you believe the statistic that the divorce rate in the US is 50 percent?

Asked by: bigdave
  • If you read the statistics as flat rate.

    In a given year in the United States, the divorce rate is about half of the marriage rate. In 2013, for example, there were 6.8 marriages per 1000 people. The divorce rate was 3.6 per 1000 people, yielding a base divorce rate of about 53%. However, the divorce rate of first marriages is more like 41 percent, second marriages 60 percent, and third marriages 73 percent.

    However, the divorces in the same year were obviously not the same relationships in the main as the marriages from the same year. Many divorces were also the result of a second or third marriage, which skews the results a bit since it is the same person divorcing multiple times.

    The true divorce rate needs to be broken down a bit differently. For example, over a 15 year period, people who marry under the age of 25 and have a high school level education have the highest divorce rate- around 70%. People who marry over age 25 and have a college education level, however, have a divorce rate down near 40%.
    There is also significant variance among ethnic groups (Black non-hispanics have the highest rate, Asians the lowest), religion (fundamentalist Christians have the highest rate, atheists the lowest), and region of the country ("red" states have higher divorce rates than "blue" states). College education makes a person 13% less likely to get divorced, marrying over 25 makes you 24% less likely.

    The truest answer is that divorce rates are complicated.

  • Most of people have relationship issue

    Hectic and competitive lifestyle is making everyone suffers in this world. Most of the couples are having relationship issue because of lack time and communication between them. But they should understand that divorce is not the only solution to their problem. Divorces have very bad impact over their family specially children.

  • Quote from Bob Cleveland

    There's another form of misuse that I've heard more times than I count. That's the statement that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. And that's far from true. According to census statistics, there are something over 60,000,000 married couples in the USA, and in 2011, there were 877,000 divorces. So the divorce rate is something under 1.5% of married couples, and that number of couples is constantly growing. So while it's correct to say there are almost half as many divorces as there are weddings, it's far from true to say almost half of all marriages end in divorce.

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