STATISTICS

In preparation for our How to be a Happy Wife Campaign, we’ve been doing a ton of research on the statistics of divorce and marriage. Since our goal is to prepare women to become wives, it’s important to know what we’re working against. Check out these shocking stats from ThaWell.com

  1. 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce
  2. In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week.
  3. The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
  4. 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. ” National Center for Health Statistics
  5. People who live together prior to getting married are more likely to have marriages that end in divorce. ” The Boston Herald
  6. One study found that when the wife alone had experienced a parental divorce, her odds of divorce increased to 59 percent. When both spouses experienced parental divorce, the odds of divorce nearly tripled to 189 percent. ” Journal of Marriage and the Family
  7. Both men and women have higher life expectancies when married than those who are single or divorced. (Why Marriage Matters, 30)
  8. If you live in a red state, youre 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state (National Vital Statistics Report, 2003)
  9. If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently (The State of Our Unions, 2009)
  10. If your parents were divorced, you’re at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren’t. If your parents married others after divorcing, you’re 91 percent more likely to get divorced (Understanding the Divorce Cycle, 2005)
  11. If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.(Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  12. If you have a daughter, you’re nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son (Review of Economic Studies, 2005)
  13. If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you’re 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.(Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  14. If you’re a woman 2 or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was 3 or more years older (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  15. If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births (Twins and Multiple Births Association, 2010)
  16. 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6 percent of custodial fathers receive a support award
  17. Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.
  18. If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13 percent.
  19. 29 percent of Baptists are divorced (the highest for a US religious group), while only 21 percent of atheists/agnostics were divorced (the lowest).
  20. The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children
  21. Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.
  22. Oklahoma has the highest overall divorce rate at 13.45. Thirty-two percent of Oklahoma adults who have ever been married have been divorced. Arkansas has the second highest rate
  23. Overall, people living in northeastern states have lower marriage and divorce rates. While those in southern states are more likely to get married, they also have higher divorce rates.
  24. Black men are 12% less likely to marry and more likely ro get divorced than white men.
  25. The higher degree of education you have, the less likely you are to get married.

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