Census Bureau Divorce Rates 2011
August 25, 2011 by USA Post
Census Bureau Divorce Rates 2011, The marriage market for men was bullish in Arkansas and several western states in 2009, while divorce rates on both coasts were lower than in the Old South, U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday in the first survey of its kind in American union and division patterns in the states.
For women, much of middle America and Texas were great marriage areas, while the East Coast and Great Lakes states were lower than average areas of divorce.
It’s been years since the United States had a detailed “snapshot” of vital statistics, said Diana B. Elliott, a family demographer at the Census Bureau and co-author of “civil Events United States: 2009″, published on Thursday.
The year 1991 was the last time the National Center for Health Statistics published a full report on the civil events, said Ms. Elliott.
In late 1990, the development agency of the American Community Survey to replace the decennial census long form and ACS made a basic question about marital status, he said. But that would be to provide government agencies with sufficient information on the civil formations and transitions – especially after the Bush administration created the Healthy Marriage Initiative to examine these issues.
In 2008, the AEC began making its 2 million households in the total number of marriages, date of last marriage, marriages, divorces and widowhood events in the past 12 months.
These responses – when examined with other ACS data in education, race, income, housing and geography – providing a rich stream of data for researchers and policy makers, said Ms. Elliott.
For example, for the first time, the office provides strong evidence for regional differences in marriage and divorce rates.
“Divorce rates tend to be higher in the South, because marriage rates are also higher in the South,” said Ms. Elliott.
Instead, he said, people in the Northeast tend to marry at older ages, leading to lower marriage rates and divorce rates.
Overall, in 2009, 1,000 men, was 19.1 marriages, divorces, 9.2 and 3.5 cases of widowhood. For every 1,000 women, there were 17.6 marriages, divorces, 9.7 and 7.8 cases of widowhood that year.
Gender differences arise because women tend to live longer than men and marry older men, resulting in higher rates of widowhood. Men tend to marry later than women, so their marriage rates are slightly higher, the report said.
The new data supports other research that is:
Americans are marrying later in life. For men, the mean age at marriage has risen from 22.5 years in 1970 to 28.4 in 2009, for women, has risen from 20.6 years to 26.5.
College and marriage seem to go hand in hand. Men and women who were married in the past 12 months “generally had higher levels of education than the general population.”
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