πŸ’ Divorce Rate & Statistics (Nov. 2022) - How Many Marriages End In Divorce?

The divorce rate and statistics have always been a topic of interest. From the rate of divorce back in the 90s to the fact that couples are getting married later in life. Let's look at some of the statistics around divorce and what these numbers actually mean.

Melissa Veseli

Data Scientist

Claire Lantz

Sr. Content Editor

Last Updated: 08.11.2022

States with the Highest Divorce Rates πŸ’


πŸ’ Divorce Rate & Statistics Sections

Section 01

What is the divorce rate in the U.S.?

Section 02

U.S. states with the highest divorce rate

Section 03

U.S. states with the lowest divorce rate

Section 04

A look at shocking divorce rates by year

Section 05

How does the rate of divorce differ for women?

Section 06

How does income impact divorce?
Section 01

What is the divorce rate in the U.S.?

The national average divorce rate in the U.S. in 2022 is 2.3 per 1,000 people, as the Centers for Disease Control reported. It is almost 64% lower than the average of 3.6 per 1,000 people in 2010. (Excluding data from California, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Louisiana, and Minnesota.)

In 2019, CDC.gov reported an almost 2.7 divorce rate per 1,000 people. (This excludes California, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Mexico data.)

The Centers for Disease Control also reported 630,505 total divorces in the U.S. in 2020.

Several legal professionals noticed an increase in divorce filings, most likely due to restrictions being eased. As a result, in 2022, some sources predict the divorce rate to reach at least 44.2%.

Section 02

How Much Does a Divorce Cost?

Legal fees for a divorce aren’t cheap, and deciding not to hire a lawyer can cost even more, given the likelihood of mishandling self-representation in divorce proceedings. A divorce involving an attorney can cost about $7,000 or more. However, a divorce with two amenable spouses requiring no legal representation may only cost several hundred dollars.

The ballpark figure for the average cost of divorce in the US is anywhere from $15,000 to $20,000.

The median cost of a divorce in the U.S. is about $7,000, but this is not a one-size-fits-all price tag.

One survey showed that the average rate paid for divorce lawyers was $270 per hour. However this varies by location, firm size and the attorney’s experience level.

A do-it-yourself divorce where no lawyers are hired can cost as little as the required state filing fees. These fees vary widely and can be as low as $75 or $80 in some states and range as high as $400 or $500 in others.

Martindale-Nolo Research reports that the average cost of legal fees for a divorce is around $17,500 for a divorcing spouse with no children and around $26,000 for a divorcing spouse with kids.

Most divorce attorneys in California charge an average of $330 per hour for legal representation, and expenses are generally higher in California than most other states due to the high cost of living and very high taxes in the state.

Section 02

U.S. states with the highest divorce rate

When it comes to marriage, it is common knowledge that 50% of the marriages end in a divorce. However, some states in the U.S. have higher divorce rates than others.

Arkansas has the highest divorce rate, with 10.7 divorces per 1,000 married people.

πŸ’ States with the Highest Divorce Rates

Arkansas has one of the youngest average marriage age of any state at 24.8 years for women and 26.3 years for men.

The high divorce rate in Nevada is that people get married hastily in Las Vegas without thinking about the long-term commitment of marriage.

Arkansas's divorce rate by age 30 is 19.5%, the highest in the U.S.

Section 03

U.S. states with the lowest divorce rate

Marriage is hard work but it's worth it. Unfortunately, not everyone is able to make it to the end. There are some states that have a more stable environment for marriage and families. Below we can find the ones with the lowest divorce rate.

The District of Columbia, notably, saw one of the highest marriage rates in 2022 (21.4%), as well as one of the lowest divorce rates (4.8%).

Many cities with small divorced populations are religious communities. The three cities with the lowest divorce rates are Jewish ultra-Orthodox communities.

The cities with the lowest divorce rates tend to be places where families in general are bigger.

The average household size in the 25 cities with the smallest divorced population is between 2.8 and 5.7.

πŸ’ States with the Lowest Divorce Rates

Money can be a major source of tension for any couple. As a report by Student Loan Hero found, one in eight people cite student loan debt as a cause of their divorce.

So it's no surprise that states with low divorce rates also had some of the lowest average amounts of student debt.

Section 04

A look at shocking divorce rates by year

The divorce rate in the United States has been on the decline recently. But that doesn't mean that everyone is happy in their marriages. In fact, most divorces are the result of years of unhealthy and unsustainable stress on the couple. While it's difficult to predict the exact rate at which couples will end their marriages, it's still interesting to look at divorce trends over time.

πŸ’ Divorce rate by year
Section 05

How does the rate of divorce differ for women?

Most people are aware that the rate of marriage has been generally declining and that the rate of divorce has been increasing over the past few decades. Many people might be surprised to learn that the rate of divorce is twice as high for women than it is for men and that divorce rates have been rising faster for women than they have for men.

Currently, the divorce rate per 1000 married women is 16.9. Β Many experts feel that this is a much more accurate measure of true divorce rate than the crude rate.

The divorce rate per 1000 married women is nearly double that of 1960, but down from the all-time high of 22.6 in the early 1980s.

15 percent of adult women in the United States are divorced or separated today, compared with less than one percent in 1920.

27% of recently divorced women had less than $25,000 in annual household income compared with 17% of recently divorced men.

πŸ’ States with the highest rates of divorce for women
πŸ’ States with the lowest divorce rates for women
Section 06

How does income impact divorce?

All couples have common reasons for marriage, but not all married couples stay together. One reason for this is finances. If a couple is on a rocky financial footing then that may eventually cause the marriage to fail. Some studies show that if a couple earns similar incomes then the chance of divorce drops.

An annual income of over $50,000 can decrease the risk of divorce by as much as 30% versus those with an income of under $25k.

Families with children that were not poor before the divorce see their income drop as much as 50 percent.

Almost 50 percent of the parents with children that are going through a divorce move into poverty after the divorce.

The average total cost of divorce in the United States is $15,000.

πŸ’ States with the highest median household income
πŸ’ States with the lowest median household income