25 Most Shocking Facts About Marriage

After writing the article on why big guys and military men are best fit for marriage, I decided to write a 2‑part series on marriage.  Amazingly, mostly all folks that enter marriage truly believe that they won’t get a divorce and that they have the answer as to how to guarantee a successful marriage.  However, statistically how it currently stands, we all stand a coin toss chance of our marriage failing.  I will first exam the pitfalls that we can potential face when entering this union by looking at the 25 most shocking marriage/divorce statistics.

  1. 50% of marriages in the US end in divorce
  2. In America, there is one divorce every 13 seconds. That’s 6,646 divorces per day, and 46,523 divorce per week.
  3. The average length of a marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
  4. 60 percent of marriages for couples between the ages of 20 and 25 end in divorce. ” National Center for Health Statistics
  5. People who live together prior to getting married are more likely to have marriages that end in divorce. ” The Boston Herald
  6. One study found that when the wife alone had experienced a parental divorce, her odds of divorce increased to 59 percent. When both spouses experienced parental divorce, the odds of divorce nearly tripled to 189 percent. ” Journal of Marriage and the Family
  7. Both men and women have higher life expectancies when married than those who are single or divorced. (Why Marriage Matters, 30)
  8. If you live in a red state, youre 27 percent more likely to get divorced than if you live in a blue state (National Vital Statistics Report, 2003)
  9. If you argue with your spouse about finances once a week, your marriage is 30 percent more likely to end in divorce than if you argue with your spouse about finances less frequently (The State of Our Unions, 2009)
  10. If your parents were divorced, you’re at least 40 percent more likely to get divorced than if they weren’t. If your parents married others after divorcing, you’re 91 percent more likely to get divorced (Understanding the Divorce Cycle, 2005)
  11. If only one partner in your marriage is a smoker, you’re 75 percent to 91 percent more likely to divorce than smokers who are married to fellow smokers.(Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  12. If you have a daughter, you’re nearly 5 percent more likely to divorce than if you have a son (Review of Economic Studies, 2005)
  13. If both you and your partner have had previous marriages, you’re 90 percent more likely to get divorced than if this had been the first marriage for both of you.(Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  14. If you’re a woman 2 or more years older than your husband, your marriage is 53 percent more likely to end in divorce than if he was 3 or more years older (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2009)
  15. If you have twins or triplets, your marriage is 17 percent more likely to end in divorce than if your children are not multiple births (Twins and Multiple Births Association, 2010)
  16. 79.6% of custodial mothers receive a support award, while only 29.6 percent of custodial fathers receive a support award
  17. Living together prior to getting married can increase the chance of getting divorced by as much as 40 percent.
  18. If you’ve attended college, your risk of divorce decreases by 13 percent.
  19. 29 percent of Baptists are divorced (the highest for a US religious group), while only 21 percent of atheists/agnostics were divorced (the lowest).
  20. The divorce rate among couples with children is 40 percent lower than couples without children
  21. Half of all American children will witness the breakup of a parent’s marriage. Of these children, close to half will also see the breakup of a parent’s second marriage.
  22. Oklahoma has the highest overall divorce rate at 13.45. Thirty-two percent of Oklahoma adults who have ever been married have been divorced. Arkansas has the second highest rate
  23. Overall, people living in northeastern states have lower marriage and divorce rates. While those in southern states are more likely to get married, they also have higher divorce rates.
  24. Black men are 12% less likely to marry and more likely ro get divorced than white men.
  25. The higher degree of education you have, the less likely you are to get married.

-Deshawn (@ShonJay714)

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    • MissPink
      July 31, 2013

      This is incredibly negative, Deshawn. You’ve clearly invested a significant amount of time and engery researching this…. =\

      “The thief comes not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10

      Just a thought….

    • lii
      July 31, 2013

      http://magazine.foxnews.com/love/whats-divorce-rate. Here is a perspective on the divorce rate. ..fox states referring to the 50% is an uninformed conclusion….btw “they “have also found that optimistic people are less likely to end in divorce. … so good luck….y are people so obsessed with the negative. ..if in fact it was 50% then that means an equal part r doing good. .. lets hear about them. ..btw how u approach conflict resolution is the number one indicator of divorce. .. prediction with 90% accuracy based on this one factor…20yr RCT STUDY. ..university of Chicago

    • J.R.
      August 1, 2013

      I think this article is one that states very important facts about marriage that most ppl aren’t aware of. I don’t find it as a negative tone in the writing, I think some of the information is so true that it can be found as negative, or hurtful cause the truth trends to have that impact.

      • lii
        August 1, 2013

        So after reading this again. ..I’d have to agree with JR….its not like u made up these stats, it is what it is… also somehow I missed the fact that this was a two part article and that your attempting to expose the problems so that solutions can be established, which is smart… apologies for the misread and in my opinion overboard response even if it wasn’t a misread….oops :/

    • Chris
      August 1, 2013

      This is Chris. We’ve discussed this offline, but I have mixed feelings about this article. On one hand, yeah, there is a likelihood that folks will get married and divorced. On the other hand, focusing on nothing but the negative about it is a major buzzkill. If you enter a marriage thinking you are going to get married means you arent fully invested in that person, thus the reason you shouldnt get married in the first place. Its sort of like a self fulfilling prophesy.

      Nevertheless, looking forward to part two.

      • C.Kirk
        August 2, 2013

        Very interesting! I remember learning some of this in college. Info like this is helpful because when we know the tendencies, we can regulate our behaviors and change the stats!

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