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U.S. Marriage and Divorce Rates Declined in Last 10 Years
U.S. Census Bureau
December 7, 2020

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

 

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 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.

To read more and see the state rankings table, please click here.