New Evidence that the Divorce Rate has been going up the past 30 years


recent report by Sheela Kennedy and Steven Ruggles from the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, challenges the common reports that the divorce has been declining.  In this 2014 report Kennedy and Ruggles write that rather than going down, the divorce rate in the US has been steadily increasing for the past 30 years. This is a startling and important reexamination of recent trends in divorce.

See longer discussion at Huffington Post……

New US Census Data on Divorce?


In the last 2-3 days I have seen several mentions in the “business press” about new 2012 US Census data on  the number of divorces increasing.  For example, here is the sentence from Bloomberg….Worsening divorce rate….  After doing some looking in the US Census data and American Community Survey…. I can’t find this data.  Anyone know where it is?

This figure provides the most current trend in US divorce rate in the last 10 years that I can find and here is the trend in US divorce rates over the past 100 years. 

European Countries that Legalized Divorce in Recent Decades


European Countries -- Recently Legalized Divorce

Some European countries have legalized divorce in the past 2 or 3 decades.  The divorce rates in these countries are still very low.  Italy legalized divorce in 1970, Spain legalized divorce in 1981, Ireland legalized divorce in 1995 and Malta legalized divorce in 2011.  Only Spain has seen a dramatically large change in their divorce rate.  Ireland has seen little change.  Italy’s divorce rate has doubled.  Malta has the lowest beginning rate of divorce.

The original source of this data can be found at Eurostat– Marriage & Divorce Statistics.

Crude Divorce Rates in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US– 1922-2011


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European Divorce Rates 2011


The United Nations updated their World Demographic Report which includes  marriage and divorce rates.  The data for Europe in 2011  is very complete (only two countries missing– Greece and Italy).  (See comparison to the European divorce rates in 2010).

Gibraltor has the highest rate followed by Russia.  Russia has had a consistently high rate of divorce but it is lower than in 2000.  (see Russian divorce rates over the past 20 years).  The rates of divorce in various countries reflect legal, cultural, and religious values.

Europe Divorce Rates 2011

2012 World Divorce Rates– Incomplete


This figure has been updated with 70 countries reporting.  Jan 2015

The United Nations has released the World Demographic Report that provides data on patterns of the world population including marriage and divorce rates.  As usual the numbers are incomplete as many countries do not report in time for this report, but the report also updates the 2011 data and these are more complete.

More world divorce charts and graphs are here…..World Divorce Rates 2012 incomplete

2012 World Divorce Statistics Have Been Released


See the newest 2012 figure (updated January 2015) which now includes 70 countries.  

The United Nations released their annual World Demographics report that includes marriage and divorce rates for countries around the world.  As usual the numbers are incomplete as many countries do not report in time for this report, but the report also updates the 2011 data and these are more complete.

For the divorce rates, 36 countries have reported.  Among these countries, the highest rate is 4.1 divorces/population in Belarus which is the same as 2011.  The next highest is 3.6 in Lativa which is lower than for 2011.

This graph shows the divorce rates from highest to lowest in 2012 for all reporting countries in 2012 and another graph here for 2011.

Other charts and graphs of world divorce statistics.