While it’s easy to cite the long-standing divorce statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce, it appears that the United States’ divorce rate has been steadily declining over time and is currently at its lowest point in 50 years. According to an article by Forbes, there were 994,000 divorces and annulments in 2000 but only 689,308 by 2021. That means the crude U.S. divorce rate had fallen to 2.5 per 1,000 marriages that year alone. But are more couples truly living happily ever after?
The Forbes article and several additional online studies suggest that might not be the case.
Divorces and Marriages Are Declining
As the divorce rate continues to decline and more people stay married longer, so has the marriage rate. In other words, not as many people are getting married—thus taking divorce off the table as a potential concern. Granted, those numbers are slightly different depending on where you look. Forbes says the marriage rate dropped from 8.2 per 1,000 marriages in 2000 to 6.00 per the same population in 2021. The United States Census Bureau, which only tracked divorce rates of U.S. women, said the marriage rate was 14.9 marriages compared to 16.3 a decade earlier.
The rates per state also differ quite a bit. For example, the Texas divorce rate has hovered between 10-10.5% for a decade. Comparatively, it is among the 20 states with the lowest divorce rates nationwide.
Why are marriages declining? There are many reasons for this:
- Not as many young people are as quick to get married.
- Changing cultural norms.
- A growing number of couples are choosing to live together without getting married.
- The threat of divorce weighs heavily on many couples’ minds.
- Lack of financial independence.
- An increase in female education, economic independence, labor force participation, and gender equality.
Deciding to divorce isn’t easy
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