New Data Shows Rates of Divorce Among Different Groups of Americans

You might have heard that half of all marriages end in divorce. But those numbers vary widely among different groups of people. And in many cases, most couples decide to still stay together.


That's the picture the statistics paint in a recent Washington Post article. And some of the numbers might surprise you. The Post broke down the numbers into 7 graphics compiled by a researcher Nathan Yau of Flowing Data. Yau examined divorce trends based on age, employment status, education, and race or origin.

Overall, a little over 30 percent of married couples choose to get divorced. That number jumps significantly higher among people with only a high school education. Their divorce rate is 39 percent for men and 37 percent for women. As for people with at least a bachelor's degree, the divorce rate is 29 percent for women and 28 percent for men.

In terms of employment status, the older a person gets, the more likely they will be divorced. By the time an employed person reaches 65 years old, 36 percent of women and 29 percent of men have been divorced. Among unemployed people, 41 percent of women and 40 percent of men 65 years old or younger have been divorced.

As for race, the divorce rate for black Americans is pegged at about 42 percent; for white Americans it's about 36 percent. The highest rate belongs to Native Americans (about 45 percent), and the lowest rate is for Asian-Americans (about a 17 percent divorce rate).

Military Divorce Rates Dropping

According to an article in, the divorce rate for people in the military has been slowly declining over recent years. Citing statistics released in April 2016 from the Department of Defense, The report stated that 3 percent of officers and enlisted troops divorced in 2015. That's a slight decline of 0.1 percent from the previous year. The divorce rate for military personnel was 3.7 percent in 2011.

(You should note that the article examined divorce rates by year. The Washington Post article examine divorce rates for groups over entire lifetimes, which is why the percentages are higher).

While divorce rates have been declining across the board since the 1970s and 1980s, divorce is still a fact of life for many couples. In Michigan, our attorneys at The Oliver Law Group, P.C., regularly work with people debating whether to make the tough decision to dissolve a marriage. If you are considering a divorce, we can help you explore all your legal options and find a solution that works for you.

Attorney Alyson Oliver and her team believe in finding creative approaches to help clients through this difficult process. Our law firm truly wants to help people find amicable solutions. Divorce does not have to be a battle that leaves you sleepless and stressed out.

We can help you explore a collaborative divorce, which allows you and your spouse to part ways without the cost of litigation. There are also many other options to explore. That's why you need to contact the Oliver Law Group, P.C., for a consultation. We enjoy helping people solve their problems and we're eager to work with you.

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