Divorce

(The cold hard facts*)

Fact #1: 53.8% of all men in the United States will marry only once.
Fact #2: 12.6% of all men in the United States will marry only twice.
Fact #3: 3.1% of all men in the United States will marry 3 or more times.
Fact #4: 30.6% of all men in the United States will never marry.
Fact #5: 59.9% of all women in the United States will marry only once.
Fact #6: 13.4% of all women in the United States will marry only twice.
Fact #7: 3.1% of all women in the United States will marry 3 or more times.
Fact #8: 23.6% of all women in the United States will never marry.
Fact #9: 37% of Black men ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #10: 17% of White men ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #11: 20% of Hispanic men ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #12: 34% of Black women ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #13: 11% of White women ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #14: 13% of Hispanic women ages 35-39 are single in the United States.
Fact #15: 29% of Black men ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #16: 12% of White men ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #17: 16% of Hispanic men ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #18: 8% of White women ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #19: 25% of Black women ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #20: 9% of Hispanic women ages 40-44 are single in the United States.
Fact #21: 81.6% of all people who marry will celebrate their 5 year anniversary.
Fact #22: 65.2% of all people who marry will celebrate their 10 year anniversary.
Fact #23: 52.1% of all people who marry will celebrate their 15 year anniversary.
Fact #24: 33.1% of all people who marry will celebrate their 25 year anniversary.
Fact #25: 19.6% of all people who marry will celebrate their 35 year anniversary.
Fact #26: 4.8% of all people who marry will celebrate their 50 year anniversary.
Fact #27: 66.8% of all people who divorce are 25-44 years old at the time.
Fact #28: 11% of those that divorce have less than a high school education.
Fact #29: 76.1% of those that divorce are high school graduates or have some college education.
Fact #30: 17.4% of those that divorce have a bachelors degree or higher education.
Fact #31: 89.4% of those that divorce live above the poverty level.
Fact #32: In the year 2000, 2,355,005 people got married in the United States.
Fact #33: In the year 2000, 957,200 divorces were finalized.
Fact #34: 79.6% of all men that marry will never divorce.
Fact #35: 77.8% of all women that marry will never divorce.

Summary

We hear everyday that approximately 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Most people’s natural conclusion is that it means 50% of all people that marry will divorce; it’s not the same thing. Since some people marry more than once it skews the averages. The most important of all facts to embrace are facts 34 & 35. They show that 4 out of 5 people that get married will never divorce! It’s the one person out of five that’s getting divorced over and over that is making the rest of us that have found true love look bad.

Smile, the odds are on our side.

* Facts were obtained by the current population reports by Rose M. Kreider and Jason M. Fields of the U.S. Census Bureau issued February 2002.

by Fred Cuellar the Diamond Guy®