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Marriage Statistics: Not A Pretty Picture

In the past few years, marriage statistics have painted a gloomy picture for the supporters of traditional marriage. With the surge of divorces that have occurred over the past few generations, many young adults

LOL Just divorced. And no, that's not my car.

LOL Just divorced. And no, that’s not my car. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

are refusing to wed in fears of suffering through a divorce, or forcing their children (if they have them) to go through the same anxiety they did early in life.

With the adoption of common-law marriages in many areas, many are opting for this route. However, as in marriage, common-law relationships require a court issued divorce if things don’t work out. Unlike marriages, it can take anywhere between 6 months to 8 years to establish a common-law marriage, which results in few divorces, as those who are not serious about a relationship do not tend to enroll as common-law.

When you look at marriage statistics, it is important that you keep several key things in mind. First, the age of those surveyed within the statistic is important. Many statistics regarding marriage look at those who are wed between ages 18 and 25. These ages are known to have a higher rate of divorce. If you are older than this and have never been through a divorce, it may be hard to find statistics that are targeted for your situation.

Marriage vs. Divorce (US Data)

  • Number of marriages: 2,230,000
  • Marriage rate: 7.5 per 1,000 total population
  • Divorce rate: 3.6 per 1,000 population (46 reporting States and D.C.)

Source Data: www.cdc.gov

In addition to this, marriage statistics tend to focus on those who have had divorces or are planning to have a divorce. They rarely look at the classes of individuals at low risk for divorce, religious groups among them.

Culture may affect the accuracy of marriage statistics. A lot of statistics pool from the most common denominator. If you are of a culture that is not the majority in your region, the statistics may not reflect your situation.

While marriage statistics can be frighteningly accurate at times, you do not have to become another statistic. Marriage counseling, as well as taking your time before committing to marriage can prevent you from having a divorce. Depending on your beliefs, living together with your partner can help determine if you are truly compatible.

The most reliable marriage statistics come from sources such as the census bureau of the United States, as well as Census and Statistics Canada, as these organizations try to be as granular as possible without being biased towards any one group.