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Marriages and Divorces, 1900–2009

The following table lists the number and rate of marriages and divorces in the United States from 1900 to 2009.

  Marriage Divorce1
Year Number Rate2 Number Rate2
1900 709,000 9.3 55,751 0.7
1910 948,166 10.3 83,045 0.9
1920 1,274,476 12.0 170,505 1.6
1930 1,126,856 9.2 195,961 1.6
1940 1,595,879 12.1 264,000 2.0
1950 1,667,231 11.1 385,144 2.6
1960 1,523,000 8.5 393,000 2.2
1965 1,800,000 9.3 479,000 2.5
1970 2,158,802 10.6 708,000 3.5
1975 2,152,662 10.1 1,036,000 4.9
1980 2,406,708 10.6 1,182,000 5.2
1981 2,438,000 10.6 1,219,000 5.3
1982 2,495,000 10.8 1,180,000 5.1
1983 2,444,000 10.5 1,179,000 5.0
1984 2,487,000 10.5 1,155,000 4.9
1985 2,425,000 10.2 1,187,000 5.0
1986 2,400,000 10.0 1,159,000 4.8
1987 2,421,000 9.9 1,157,000 4.8
1988 2,389,000 9.7 1,183,000 4.8
1989 2,404,000 9.7 1,163,000 4.7
1990 2,448,000 9.8 1,175,000 4.7
1991 2,371,000 9.4 1,187,000 4.7
1992 2,362,000 9.2 1,215,000 4.8
1993 2,334,000 9.0 1,187,000 4.6
1994 2,362,000 9.1 1,191,000 4.6
1995 2,336,000 8.9 1,169,000 4.4
1996 2,344,000 8.8 1,150,000 4.3
1997 2,384,000 8.9 1,163,000 4.3
1998 2,256,000 8.4 1,135,000 4.2
1999 2,358,000 8.6 4.1
2000 2,329,000 8.5 4.2
2001 2,327,000 8.4 4.0
2002 2,254,000 7.8 4.0
2003 2,187,000 7.5 3.8
2004 2,279,000 7.8 3.7
2005 2,230,000 7.5 3.6
2006 2,193,000 7.6 3.6
2007 2,208,000 7.4 3.7
2008 2,208,000 7.3 3.6
2009 2,080,000 6.8 840,0003 3.53
NOTE: (—) Data not available. Marriage and divorce figures for most years include some estimated data. Alaska is included beginning 1959, Hawaii beginning 1960.
1. Includes annulments.
2. Per 1,000 population.
3. Excludes data for California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, and Minnesota.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. Web: www.cdc.gov/nchs/ .

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