People love to refer to statistical trends in marriage and divorce rates in the United States, even when those rates are not based on actual surveys and data but merely rumors and unsubstantiated hearsay. We often hear that the divorce rate in the United States is 50 percent, and the marriage rate is going down with the current “hook up generation” being more concerned with causal dating then entering into committed relationships.
However, according to a recent news feature from the Washington Post, the marriage and divorce rates for the past 144 years may not look like what people expect them to look like. The reason for the 144 year period is because this when the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics began collecting statistical records on marriage and divorce in the Untied States. However, while the agency maintained that information, it was not organized or recorded in a particular way, and researchers had to painstakingly work with the raw data to make graphical representations. Continue Reading