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What divorce rates were the year you were born

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Torsten Blackwood // Getty

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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Ras67 // Wikicommons

1920

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

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National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

1921

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

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GSV // Flickr

1922

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

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Georges Penabert // Wikicommons

1923

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

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Adományozó/Donor // Wikicommons

1924

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

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The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland // Flickr

1925

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

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Cloyne and District Historical Society // Wikicommons

1926

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

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Wikipedia

1927

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

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National Library of Ireland // Wikicommons

1928

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

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CCBY // Wikicommons

1929

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

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The State Library of New South Wales // Flickr

1930

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

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Wikicommons

1931

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

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Warner Bros Vitaphone // Wikicommons

1932

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

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National Library of Ireland on The Commons // Wikicommons

1933

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

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Wikipedia

1934

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

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Ben Shahn // Wikicommons

1935

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

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National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

1936

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

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Paul Townsend // Wikicommons

1937

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

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Wikicommons

1938

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

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National Archives and Records Administration // Wikicommons

1939

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

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State Library and Archives of Florida // Wikicommons

1940

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

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David Guyler // Flickr

1941

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

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kate gabrielle // Flickr

1942

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

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State Library of Queensland, Australia // Wikicommons

1943

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

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Smithsonian Institution // Flickr

1944

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

1945

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

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Selznick International Pictures

1946

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

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The Library of Congress // Flickr

1947

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

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Archers

1948

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

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Interwood Productions

1949

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

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Paramount Pictures

1950

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

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Batistas private photographer // Wikicommons

1951

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

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Mlang.Finn // Wikicommons

1952

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

1953

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

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Columbia Pictures Corporation

1954

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

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Arwin Productions

1955

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

1956

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

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Wikipedia

1957

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

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Columbia Pictures Corporation

1958

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

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Republic Pictures

1959

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

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Mirisch Corporation

1960

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

1961

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

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Columbia Pictures Corporation

1962

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

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Universal Pictures

1963

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

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Warner Bros

1964

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

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Mirisch Corporation

1965

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

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Avon Productions (II)

1966

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

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Wikipedia

1967

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

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Mirisch Corporation

1968

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

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A.A. Productions Ltd

1969

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

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Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Production

1970

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

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Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions

1971

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

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Universal Pictures

1972

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

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Paramount Pictures

1973

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

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kate gabrielle // Flickr

1974

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

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Warner Bros.

1975

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

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)

1976

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

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Gadd Productions Cor

1977

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

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Charly W. Karl // Flickr

1978

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

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NBC Television-NBC photo by Gerald K. Smith // Wikicommons

1979

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

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Twentieth Century Fox

1980

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

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Hughes Entertainment

1981

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

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TriStar Pictures

1982

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

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King-Hitzig Productions

1983

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

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Columbia Pictures Corporation

1984

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

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Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions

1985

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

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TriStar Pictures

1986

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

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CandyBox Images // Shutterstock

1987

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

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Swerzey // Getty Images

1988

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

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Angela Weiss // Getty Images

1989

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

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Roman Samborskyi // Shutterstock

1990

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

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Lumiere Pictures

1991

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

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Rastar Productions

1992

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

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Polygram Filmed Entertainment

1993

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

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Intermedia Films

1994

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

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TriStar Pictures

1995

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

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Fox 2000 Pictures

1996

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

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

1997

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

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

1998

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

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

1999

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

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Skedonk // Wikicommons

2000

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

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

2001

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

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Pxhere

2002

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

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Dan DeLuca // Flickr

2003

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

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Torsten Blackwood // Getty

2004

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

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Featureflash Photo Agency // Shutterstock

2005

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

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Everett Collection // Shutterstock

2006

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

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Forever is BIG // Flickr

2007

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

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Denis Makarenko // Shutterstock

2008

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

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Vic // Flickr

2009

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

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Attit Patel // Wikicommons

2010

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

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Nick Laham // Getty Images

2011

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

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Jay Tamboli // Wikicommons

2012

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

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Pxhere

2013

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

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Pxhere

2014

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

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Pexels

2015

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

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Andrea Raffin // Shutterstock

2016

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

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