Despite popular myth, not every marriage ends in divorce. In fact, far less than 50 percent of marriages will fail and divorce, as indicated by statistics. Divorces did peak in the seventies and eighties, but they have been in decline for years now.
There are, however, certain demographic groups that are more likely to divorce than others. Interestingly, race and education both play a critical role in whether a person is likely to divorce within his or her lifetime.
Nathan Yau of Flowing Data has been researching divorce trends and has now published statistics and graphs on the subject. From his research, it’s clear that the more educated a person is, the less likely he or she is to get divorced. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher also often marry later, so this could have something to do with the data here.
For those with a high school education or less, 39 percent of men and 37 percent of women get divorced. Those with a bachelor’s degree or higher have a divorce rate of 28 and 29 percent—close to a ten percent difference. Apparently, if you want to improve your chances of having a long-lasting marriage—you should go to college and marry someone who has also graduated.
Race is also a significant factor, with Asians having the lowest divorce rates at 16 percent for men and 18 percent for women. Hispanics have the second-lowest divorce rates at 27 and 30 percent. The rate of divorce is higher for both whites, at 36 and 38 percent, and blacks, at 42 percent. Of all ethnic groups, Native Americans divorce more than anyone else at 44 and 45 percent, respectively. This likely has to do with cultural elements that still need to be further explored.
The need to divorce can happen to anyone, even those in the demographic groups least likely to do so. If you have found yourself in a situation where you are considering divorce, call the Law Office of Laurence J. Brock at 909-466-7661 or reach us online through our website to arrange a free consultation.