US Divorce Rate Is At Its Lowest In 35 Years: Study

Posted: Nov 28 2016, 1:22pm CST | by , Updated: Nov 30 2016, 8:09pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

US Divorce Rate is at its Lowest in 35 Years: Study
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The divorce rate in the U.S. has fallen for the third year in a row, bringing it to its lowest level since 1980.

Divorces rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest levels for 35 years, suggesting that marriages in the country are stronger today than they have been in the long time.

According to the data from National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University, the divorce rate has decreased by 25% since 1980 with just over one million couples got divorced in 2015. This is the third consecutive years when fewer marriages broke up or less number of couples sought divorce. 

Meanwhile, the marriage rate has increased a bit from 31.9 in 2014 to 32.3 in 2015 for 1,000 unmarried women age 15 or older, reflecting that marriage rate is finally stabilizing after years of decline. 

The results are based on the data collected by the research center every year and show that marriage rates are not consistent across United States. They vary from one state to another.

Washington D.C. had the highest divorce rate in the country with nearly 30 marriages per 1,000 ended in divorce in 2015. The lowest divorce rate in the country was recorded in Hawaii, where only 11.1 percent of married couples got divorced last year. Researchers, however, are unable to pinpoint exact cause of decline in divorces. A number of factors can contribute in this trend like age, wealth and education. According to the research, young, wealthy and well-educated couples tend to stay together much more than those who lack these factors.

“We’ve seen a decline of divorce among people who are younger and an increase among people who are older.” Wendy Manning, one of the researchers involved in the study told Bloomberg

On the marriage side, Rhode Island has the lowest marriage rate while Utah has the highest. 

 

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