A Snapshot of Divorce

The widely publicized 50% divorce rate is limited to certain subsets of the population and is not the U.S. population as a whole. Factors, such as income, education, and age when first married, all influence a person’s likelihood of divorce. This raises the question, who has the highest risk for divorce?

The recently released American Community Survey Report of the 2009 Census indicated the largest amount of divorced people had the following characteristics:

  • The average divorced woman lives in the South, is between 35 and 44, has completed some college education, and earns between $25,000 and $49,000 per year.
  • The average divorce man also lives in the South, is between 35 and 44, and has completed some college education. However, the average divorce man earns over $75,000 per year.

Divorce by Income

Divorce by Age

Divorce by Education

Divorce by Region



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