Marriage and Divorce Statistics
Change in the
Reporting of Marriage and Divorce Statistics
Information on the total numbers and
rates of marriages and divorces at the national and State levels are published in the NCHS
National Vital Statistics
Reports. The collection of detailed data was suspended beginning in
January 1996 (See Federal
Register Notice, Dec. 15, 1995). Limitations in the information
collected by the States as well as budgetary considerations necessitated this action.
The most recent comprehensive analyses of detailed marriage and divorce data are
published in Advance Report of
Final Marriage Statistics, 1989-90 and Advance Report of
Final Divorce Statistics, 1989-90.
Beginning with the
June 2003 data, detailed State tables of marriage and divorce levels
have been included in the monthly reports of provisional data
published in the NCHS National
Vital Statistics Reports. Prior to this,
these data were available in the
Statistical Tables section of NCHS' Data Warehouse
divorce rates currently may be calculated from provisional counts
received from State health departments. Trend
divorce rates by State
for 1990, 1995, and 1999-2004 are available.
Sources of Marriage and Divorce Statistics
The National Survey of
Family Growth (NSFG), conducted by NCHS, collected detailed data on
cohabitation, marriage, divorce and remarriage. These data were
published in Series 23, Number 22, "Cohabitation,
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the United States".
Census Bureau is another Federal source of marriage and
divorce statistics. Census data are survey- rather than records-based and
cover many aspects of marriage and divorce patterns in the United States.
For further information on this subject, please contact
Data Dissemination Branch, Room
Division of Data Services
National Center Health Statistics
Public Affairs Office, Room 1050
Phone: at 301-458-4800