What Is the Divorce Rate in the United States?


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As of 2012, the divorce rate in the United States is 3.4 divorces per 1,000 population, which is 851,000 divorces and annulments, based on reports from 44 states and Washington, D.C., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The marriage rate is 6.8 marriages per 1,000 total population.

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The divorce rate in the United States has been declining since 2002, when the rate was 4 divorces per 1,000 population, or 944,000 divorces and annulments. In 2005 the rate dropped to 3.6 divorces per 1,000 population, or 847,000 divorces and annulments. The rate calculations from 2005 to 2012 do not include divorce reports from California, Hawaii and Minnesota. Indiana, Georgia and Louisiana also did not submit divorce reports during that time period, notes the CDC.

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