Category: Marriage and Divorce

Marriages in the U.S. in 2022 Returned to Pre-Pandemic Levels

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In 2022, the United States witnessed a significant uptick in the number of marriages, reaching a total of 2,065,905[1]. This marked the first instance of surpassing the 2 million mark since 2019 when the figure stood at 2,015,603. The marriage rate also experienced a significant increase, reaching 6.2 per 1,000 population – the highest rate Read More >

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Love is in the Air: Marriages Rebound in 2021

The number of marriages in 2020 was the lowest recorded in the United States since 19631, as many couples had to delay weddings due to the pandemic. However, in 20212 there was a rebound as both the number and rate of marriages were up 18% compared with 2020. The increase in the number and rate of Read More >

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Biggest Increase in the Marriage Rate During 2020 Occurred in… Montana?

There were many social and health markers that were significantly disrupted in 2020 with the arrival of the pandemic.  Increases in mortality and declines in people seeking medical care during 2020 are well-documented, as is the sharp decline in fertility.   Employment levels and other economic indicators were greatly impacted, as was the workplace itself.  Education Read More >

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PODCAST – Q & A on 2020 Maternal Mortality Data HOST: NCHS kicked off the month of February with the latest annual report on Births in the country, using final data from 2020.  Most of the data were already reported in the provisional 2020 report last May, but there are a few topics that did not appear in that report. For example, cigarette smoking during pregnancy.  The Read More >

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The CDC National Center for Health Statistics web page “Stats of the States” has been updated to include the latest state-based final data on selected vital statistics topics, including: General fertility rates Teen birth rates Selected other maternal and infant health measures Marriage & divorce rates Leading causes of death Other high profile causes of Read More >

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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 20 Years or Older Who Used Antidepressant Medications in the Past 30 Days by Sex and Marital Status

During 2015–2018, 13.6% of adults aged 20 years or older used prescription antidepressant medications in the past 30 days. Antidepressant use was higher among divorced, separated, or widowed (20.5%) adults than among either married or living with partner (12.3%) or never married (10.8%) adults. There was no difference in use between married and never married Read More >

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Mortality Among Adults Aged 25 and Over by Marital Status: United States, 2010–2017

Questions for Lead Author Sally Curtin, Health Statistician, of “Mortality Among Adults Aged 25 and Over by Marital Status: United States, 2010–2017.” Q: This study seems to confirm what other research has concluded, that married people tend to live longer.  Would that be a correct assumption? SC:  Yes, many studies have found that married people Read More >

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Fact or Fiction: Are death rates for married people in the U.S. lower than the rates for unmarried people? Source: National Vital Statistics System, 2010-2017 Read More >

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Stat of the Day – June 20, 2017

#STATOFTHEDAY 20.9% men, 14.7% women, agree okay #unmarried 16 year olds to have sex if they have strong affection — NCHS (@NCHStats) June 20, 2017 Read More >

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State by State Health Data Source Updated on NCHS Web Site

CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics has updated its “Stats of the States” feature on the NCHS web site.  This resource features the latest state-by-state comparisons on key health indicators ranging from birth topics such as teen births and cesarean deliveries to leading causes of death and health insurance coverage. Tabs have been added to Read More >

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The Association of Marital Status and Offers of Employer-based Health Insurance for Employed Women Aged 27–64: United States, 2014–2015

Questions for Robin Cohen, Ph.D., Health Statistician and Lead Author on “The Association of Marital Status and Offers of Employer-based Health Insurance for Employed Women Aged 27–64: United States, 2014–2015” Q: Why did you decide to do a report comparing the marital status and offers of employer-based health insurance for employed women? RC: A recent Read More >

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Trends in Attitudes About Marriage, Childbearing, and Sexual Behavior: United States

An NCHS report describes attitudes about marriage, childbearing, and sexual behavior among men and women aged 15–44 in the United States based on the 2002, 2006–2010, and 2011–2013 National Survey of Family Growth. Findings: An increase in the percentage of men and women who agreed with premarital cohabitation. An increase in the percentage of men Read More >

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New marriage and cohabitation data available

The latest in-depth data on marriage and cohabition (2002) is available here. This report features the probability that a first marriage will remain intact by sex, race, ethnicity, education, and family structure. Marriage and Cohabitation Quick Look Read More >

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How’s your state doing?

NCHS now has an easy way for you to check out where your state stands on a variety of health measures compared with the nation as a whole and other states, including the following: Mortality from leading causes of death Birth data, including births to unmarried mothers, teen births, cesarean deliveries, low birthweight births, prenatal Read More >

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Health insurance is related to marital status

Overall, unmarried (divorced or never married) women aged 25-64 years are more likely to be uninsured (21%) than married women (13%) in the same age group.. Poor married women are more likely to be uninsured than poor unmarried women, in part because they are less likely to have Medicaid coverage. See more at Read More >

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New Marriage and Divorce Data

Provisional marriage and divorce data for 2006 are available at the NCHS website. Read More >

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Do 50% of marriages end in divorce?

We get this question all the time and the best we can say is that we don’t know. Based on data produced by the National Survey of Family Growth, 43% of first marriages by women aged 15-44 will end in a “disruption” within 15 years. Disruption is defined as either separation or divorce. As not Read More >

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More on Marriage and Divorce Data

We posted below on the lack of detailed information on marriage and divorce. There are alternative resources available at the National Center for Health Statistics that enable one to draw inferences as to the marriage and divorce patterns of Americans. In July 2002, we published Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the United States. From our press Read More >

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Marriage and Divorce Statistics

We get a lot of questions on marriages and divorces. Unfortunately we are unable to answer very many of them.  On December 15, 1995 the National Center for Health Statistics filed a notice in the Federal Register of its intent to stop collecting detailed information on marriages and divorces from state governments through the Vital Read More >

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