U.S. Census Report Shows Divorce Rates Declining

May 20, 2011
Categories: Colorado Divorce Info | Author: Harris Law Firm

Recent findings by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate divorce rates for most age groups have been decreasing since 1996 by an average of about 5 percentage points.

The reasons include:

  • Couples are waiting longer to get married
  • One third of men and women ages 25 to 29 have never married.

Census statistics show:

  • In 1996, 19% of 25- to 29-year-old women who had been married were divorced, but only 14% were in 2009 -- a decease of about 30%.
  • For 30- to 34-year-old women, there was a smaller decrease of about 20%.
  • The rate of divorce among older women increased, however. In 2009, nearly 37% of women ages 60 to 69 were divorced, compared with 27% in 1996.
  • Middle- and upper-class dual-income couples tend to be more educated,and their economic stability bodes well for the future of the marriage
  • The percentage of recently married women who have at least a bachelor's degree increased from 21% in 1996 to 31% in 2009.

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