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What divorce rates were the year you were born

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    What divorce rates were the year you were born

    Divorce stems from the Latin word “divertere,” which means “to turn aside.” Unfortunately, for most, it isn’t quite that simple. Divorces can be a long, arduous process that takes months or even years. Crying children, legal fees, and bitter fights over silverware are the tropes that frequently come to mind when discussing divorce, and it’s perhaps those stigmas that are contributing to an overall decrease in divorce rates in the 21st century.

    It could also be that marriages are, generally, occurring later in life. In one study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the chances of remaining married by the respondents 46th birthday were over 20% higher for couples who married between the ages of 29-34 compared to those who wed at ages 15-22, and studies show that the average age Americans tie the knot is steadily growing older and older. The gap narrows with closer age groups: 57.6% of couples who married at ages 23-28 were still together at their 46th birthday, compared to 65.2% for those aged 29-34.

    Although divorce rates are generally falling, a CBS poll conducted in 2014 revealed 64% of Americans felt the average American family is weaker than when they were a child. Oh joy.

    So what do the numbers say? Stacker compiled data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) gathered by Randal Olson, as well as national marriage and divorce rates from 2000-2016 and Statista data about the national divorce rates from 1990-2016. The divorce rate was taken by dividing the overall population of the United States in a specific year by the number of divorces that occurred that year.

    So how has our propensity for divorce changed over the years? Read on to see the divorce rate the year you were born.

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    1920

    Population: 106,461,000
    Number of Divorces: 171,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.6%

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    1921

    Population: 108,538,000
    Number of Divorces: 160,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.5%

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    1922

    Population: 110,049,000
    Number of Divorces: 149,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.4%

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    1923

    Population: 111,947,000
    Number of Divorces: 165,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.5%

  • Adományozó/Donor // Wikicommons
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    1924

    Population: 114,109,000
    Number of Divorces: 171,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.5%

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    1925

    Population: 115,829,000
    Number of Divorces: 175,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.5%

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    1926

    Population: 117,397,000
    Number of Divorces: 185,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.6%

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    1927

    Population: 119,035,000
    Number of Divorces: 196,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.6%

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    1928

    Population: 120,509,000
    Number of Divorces: 200,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.7%

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    1929

    Population: 121,878,000
    Number of Divorces: 206,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.7%

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    1930

    Population: 123,188,000
    Number of Divorces: 196,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.6%

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    1931

    Population: 124,149,000
    Number of Divorces: 188,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.5%

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    1932

    Population: 124,949,000
    Number of Divorces: 164,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.3%

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    1933

    Population: 125,690,000
    Number of Divorces: 165,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.3%

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    1934

    Population: 126,485,000
    Number of Divorces: 204,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.6%

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    1935

    Population: 127,362,000
    Number of Divorces: 218,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.7%

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    1936

    Population: 128,181,000
    Number of Divorces: 236,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.8%

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    1937

    Population: 128,961,000
    Number of Divorces: 249,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.9%

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    1938

    Population: 129,969,000
    Number of Divorces: 244,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.9%

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    1939

    Population: 131,028,000
    Number of Divorces: 251,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 1.9%

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    1940

    Population: 132,122,000
    Number of Divorces: 264,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.0%

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    1941

    Population: 133,402,000
    Number of Divorces: 293,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.2%

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    1942

    Population: 134,860,000
    Number of Divorces: 321,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.4%

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    1943

    Population: 136,739,000
    Number of Divorces: 359,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.6%

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    1944

    Population: 138,397,000
    Number of Divorces: 400,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.9%

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    1945

    Population: 139,928,000
    Number of Divorces: 485,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.5%

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    1946

    Population: 141,389,000
    Number of Divorces: 610,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.3%

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    1947

    Population: 144,126,000
    Number of Divorces: 483,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.4%

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    1948

    Population: 146,631,000
    Number of Divorces: 408,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.8%

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    1949

    Population: 149,188,000
    Number of Divorces: 397,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.7%

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    1950

    Population: 151,684,000
    Number of Divorces: 385,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.5%

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    1951

    Population: 154,287,000
    Number of Divorces: 381,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.5%

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    1952

    Population: 156,954,000
    Number of Divorces: 392,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.5%

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    1953

    Population: 159,565,000
    Number of Divorces: 390,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.4%

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    1954

    Population: 162,391,000
    Number of Divorces: 379,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

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    1955

    Population: 165,275,000
    Number of Divorces: 377,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

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    1956

    Population: 168,221,000
    Number of Divorces: 382,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

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    1957

    Population: 171,274,000
    Number of Divorces: 381,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.2%

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    1958

    Population: 174,141,000
    Number of Divorces: 368,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.1%

  • Republic Pictures
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    1959

    Population: 177,130,000
    Number of Divorces: 395,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.2%

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    1960

    Population: 180,760,000
    Number of Divorces: 393,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.2%

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    1961

    Population: 183,742,000
    Number of Divorces: 414,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
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    1962

    Population: 186,590,000
    Number of Divorces: 413,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.2%

  • Universal Pictures
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    1963

    Population: 189,300,000
    Number of Divorces: 428,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

  • Warner Bros
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    1964

    Population: 191,927,000
    Number of Divorces: 450,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.3%

  • Mirisch Corporation
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    1965

    Population: 194,347,000
    Number of Divorces: 479,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.5%

  • Avon Productions (II)
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    1966

    Population: 196,599,000
    Number of Divorces: 499,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.5%

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    1967

    Population: 198,752,000
    Number of Divorces: 523,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.6%

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    1968

    Population: 200,745,000
    Number of Divorces: 584,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 2.9%

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    1969

    Population: 202,736,000
    Number of Divorces: 639,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.2%

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    1970

    Population: 205,089,000
    Number of Divorces: 708,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.5%

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    1971

    Population: 207,692,000
    Number of Divorces: 773,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.7%

  • Universal Pictures
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    1972

    Population: 209,924,000
    Number of Divorces: 845,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.0%

  • Paramount Pictures
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    1973

    Population: 211,939,000
    Number of Divorces: 915,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.3%

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    1974

    Population: 213,898,000
    Number of Divorces: 983,931
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.6%

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    1975

    Population: 215,981,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,036,709
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.8%

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    1976

    Population: 218,086,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,090,430
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.0%

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    1977

    Population: 220,289,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,101,445
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.0%

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    1978

    Population: 222,629,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,135,408
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.1%

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    1979

    Population: 225,106,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,193,062
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.3%

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    1980

    Population: 227,726,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,184,175
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.2%

  • Hughes Entertainment
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    1981

    Population: 230,008,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,219,042
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.3%

  • TriStar Pictures
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    1982

    Population: 232,218,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,206,684
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.2%

  • King-Hitzig Productions
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    1983

    Population: 234,333,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,194,327
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.1%

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
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    1984

    Population: 236,394,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,181,970
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.0%

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    1985

    Population: 238,506,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,192,530
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 5.0%

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    1986

    Population: 240,683,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,179,347
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.9%

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    1987

    Population: 242,843,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,165,646
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.8%

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    1988

    Population: 245,061,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,151,787
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.7%

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    1989

    Population: 247,387,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,162,719
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.7%

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    1990

    Population: 250,181,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,175,851
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.7%

  • Lumiere Pictures
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    1991

    Population: 253,530,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,191,591
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.7%

  • Rastar Productions
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    1992

    Population: 256,922,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,233,226
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.8%

  • Polygram Filmed Entertainment
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    1993

    Population: 260,282,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,197,297
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.6%

  • Intermedia Films
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    1994

    Population: 263,455,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,211,893
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.6%

  • TriStar Pictures
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    1995

    Population: 266,588,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,195,595
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.4%

  • Fox 2000 Pictures
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    1996

    Population: 269,714,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,179,297
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.3%

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    1997

    Population: 272,958,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,163,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.3%

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    1998

    Population: 276,154,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,135,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.2%

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    1999

    Population: 279,328,000
    Number of Divorces: 1,145,245
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.1%

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    2000

    Population: 282,398,000
    Number of Divorces: 944,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.0%

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    2001

    Population: 285,225,000
    Number of Divorces: 940,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 4.0%

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    2002

    Population: 287,955,000
    Number of Divorces: 955,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.9%

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    2003

    Population: 290,626,000
    Number of Divorces: 927,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.8%

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    2004

    Population: 293,262,000
    Number of Divorces: 879,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.7%

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    2005

    Population: 295,993,000
    Number of Divorces: 847,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.6%

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    2006

    Population: 298,818,000
    Number of Divorces: 872,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.7%

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    2007

    Population: 301,696,000
    Number of Divorces: 856,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.6%

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    2008

    Population: 304,543,000
    Number of Divorces: 844,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.5%

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    2009

    Population: 307,240,000
    Number of Divorces: 840,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.5%

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    2010

    Population: 309,776,000
    Number of Divorces: 872,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.6%

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    2011

    Population: 312,034,000
    Number of Divorces: 877,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.6%

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    2012

    Population: 313,914,040
    Number of Divorces: 851,000
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.4%

  • Pxhere
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    2013

    Population: 306,136,672
    Number of Divorces: 832,157
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.3%

  • Pxhere
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    2014

    Population: 308,759,713
    Number of Divorces: 813,862
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.2%

  • Pexels
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    2015

    Population: 321,418,820
    Number of Divorces: 800,909
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.1%

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    2016

    Population: 323,127,513
    Number of Divorces: 827,261
    Divorce rate per 1000 total population: 3.2%

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