1. 41 percent of first marriages end in divorce. 60 percent of second marriages end in divorce. 73 percent of third marriages end in divorce.[i]
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2. In 2009, from the eastern United States to the western, 46,291 couples married in New Jersey, while 23,978 divorced; in my home state of Missouri, 39,797 married and 23,299 divorced; and Washington State performed 40,357 marriage ceremonies and certified 26,251 divorces. In all, approximately 2.1 million couples were married during 2009, while states certified about 1.1 million divorces.[ii]
3. Marriage rate: 6.8 per 1,000 total population; the Divorce rate: 3.6 per 1,000 population (44 reporting States and D.C.)[iii]
4. The average marriage now lasts just over 11 years.[iv]
5. The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.[v]
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6. Only 45% of African American households contain a married couple, compared to 80% for Whites, and 70% among Hispanics.[vi]
7. People are getting married later in life. The median age of those married for the first time is currently 28.3 for men and 25.8 for women. Compare this to the numbers from 1960, when the median age was 23 for men and 20 for women.[vii]
8. Of first marriages that end in divorce, many end in the first 3 to 5 years.[viii]
9. Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.[ix]
10. Asian-Americans have the highest percentage of marriage (65 % versus 61% for whites) and the lowest percentage of divorce (4% versus 10.5% for whites).[x]
11. If your parents are happily married, your risk of divorce decreases by 14 percent.[xi]
12. Both men and women have higher life expectancies when married than those who are single or divorced.[xii]
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13. The United States has the highest incidence of divorce in the free world.[xiii]
[i] 32 Shocking Divorce Statistics.” McKinley Irvin. www.McKinleyIrvin.com. October 30, 2012.
[ii] “Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths: Provisional Data for 2009.” National Vital Statistics Reports,
Volume 58, Number 25. August 27, 2010.
[x] “Marriage and Divorce Statistics by Culture: Asian and Pacific Islanders.” National Healthy Marriage Resource Center. www.healthymarriageinfo.org. Accessed June 4, 2013.
[xii] “Why Marriage Matters: Facts And Figures.” For Your Marriage. www.foryourmarriage.com. Accessed June 4, 2013.