10% of Adult Americans are Currently Divorced


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Married Adults Still in the Majority, Census Bureau Reports

About 56 percent of all American adults (111 million people) were
married and living with their spouses in 1998, according to a report
released today by the Commerce Department's Census Bureau.

The report, Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1998 (Update), P20-514,;
provides demographic characteristics of people in different marital
statuses, as well as information on the living arrangements of children
and adults.

Other highlights of the report:

- About 10 percent of adults (19.4 million) were "currently divorced" in
1998. [JC's note -- does this include the remarried, though? I can't tell. But I suspect it doesn't.]

- Among those between 25 and 34 years old, about 35 percent (14 million)
had never been married. Of African Americans in this age group, 53
percent had never been married.

- Nearly half (45 percent) of women 65 years old and over were widowed.
Of the elderly widows, 7 in 10 lived alone.

- About 28 percent (20 million) of all children under 18 years of age in
the United States lived with just one parent.

- The majority of children who lived with just one parent in 1998 lived
with their mother (84 percent).

- No other adults were present in the household for 56 percent of
children living with single parents.

- About 4 million children, nearly 6 percent of all children under 18,
lived in the household of their grandparents.

Data are from the March 1998 supplement to the Current Population
Survey. As in all surveys, the estimates are subject to sampling
variability and other sources of error.

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The U.S. Census Bureau, pre-eminent collector and disseminator of timely,
relevant and quality data about the people and the economy of the United
States, conducts a population and housing census every 10 years, an
economic census every five years and more than 100 demographic and
economic surveys every year, all of them evolving from the first census in
1790.

MS-1. Marital Status of the Population 15 Years Old and Over, by
Sex and Race: 1950 to Present

Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
Internet release date: January 7, 1999

(Numbers in thousands)
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MALES
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| | Unmarried
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| | Unmarried Never
Years Total | Married | Total Married Widowed Divorced
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All
Races
1998 101,123 58,633 42,491 31,591 2,569 8,331
1997 100,159 57,923 42,236 31,315 2,690 8,231
1996 98,593 57,656 40,937 30,691 2,478 7,768
1995 97,704 57,570 39,953 30,286 2,284 7,383
1994 96,768 57,068 39,700 30,228 2,222 7,250
1993 94,854 56,833 38,021 28,775 2,468 6,778
1990 91,955 55,833 36,121 27,505 2,333 6,283
1980 81,947 51,813 30,134 24,227 1,977 3,930
1970 70,559 47,109 23,450 19,832 2,051 1,567
1960* 60,273 41,781 18,492 15,274 2,112 1,106
1950* 54,601 36,866 17,735 14,400 2,264 1,071

White
1998 85,219 51,299 33,920 24,775 2,106 7,038
1997 84,540 50,860 33,680 24,471 2,264 6,945
1996 83,463 50,882 32,581 23,894 2,128 6,559
1995 82,566 50,658 31,909 23,667 1,921 6,321
1994 82,026 50,226 31,800 23,704 1,878 6,218
1993 80,755 50,305 30,451 22,738 1,954 5,759
1990 78,908 49,542 29,367 22,078 1,930 5,359
1980 71,887 46,721 25,167 20,174 1,642 3,351
1970 62,868 42,732 20,135 17,080 1,722 1,333
1960* 54,130 38,042 16,088 13,286 1,816 986
1950* 49,302 33,451 15,850 12,892 1,986 972

Black
1998 11,283 4,675 6,608 5,191 382 1,035
1997 11,113 4,623 6,491 5,137 340 1,014
1996 10,922 4,515 6,407 5,115 277 1,015
1995 10,825 4,632 6,193 5,031 310 852
1994 10,639 4,486 6,153 5,007 295 851
1993 10,442 4,431 6,012 4,750 426 836
1990 9,948 4,489 5,459 4,319 338 802
1980 8,292 4,053 4,239 3,410 308 521
1970 6,936 3,949 2,987 2,468 307 212
1960* 6,143 3,739 2,404 1,988 296 120
1950* 5,299 3,415 1,885 1,508 278 99

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FEMALES
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| | Unmarried
| |----------------------------------------
| | Unmarried Never
Years Total | Married | Total Married Widowed Divorced
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All
Races
1998 108,168 59,333 48,835 26,713 11,029 11,093
1997 107,076 58,829 48,247 26,073 11,058 11,116
1996 106,031 58,905 47,127 25,528 11,078 10,521
1995 105,028 58,984 46,045 24,693 11,082 10,270
1994 104,032 58,185 45,847 24,645 11,073 10,129
1993 102,400 57,768 44,631 23,534 11,214 9,883
1990 99,838 56,797 43,040 22,718 11,477 8,845
1980 89,914 52,965 36,950 20,226 10,758 5,966
1970 77,766 48,148 29,618 17,167 9,734 2,717
1960* 64,607 42,583 22,024 12,252 8,064 1,708
1950* 57,102 37,577 19,525 11,418 6,734 1,373

White
1998 89,489 51,410 38,079 19,614 9,351 9,115
1997 88,756 50,987 37,769 19,139 9,404 9,226
1996 88,134 51,388 33,745 18,691 9,392 8,662
1995 87,484 51,390 36,094 18,250 9,399 8,445
1994 86,765 50,766 36,000 18,235 9,424 8,341
1993 86,045 50,668 35,377 17,660 9,512 8,205
1990 84,508 49,986 34,522 17,438 9,800 7,284
1980 77,882 47,277 30,604 16,318 9,296 4,990
1970 68,888 43,286 25,602 14,703 8,559 2,340
1960* 57,860 38,545 19,315 10,796 7,099 1,420
1950* 51,404 34,042 17,362 10,241 5,902 1,219

Black
1998 13,715 4,983 8,732 5,689 1,370 1,673
1997 13,514 5,058 8,457 5,584 1,307 1,566
1996 13,292 4,947 8,345 5,451 1,330 1,564
1995 13,097 4,942 8,155 5,250 1,380 1,525
1994 12,872 4,863 8,009 5,190 1,322 1,497
1993 12,495 4,820 7,676 4,867 1,401 1,408
1990 11,966 4,813 7,152 4,416 1,392 1,344
1980 10,108 4,508 5,600 3,401 1,319 880
1970 8,108 4,384 3,723 2,248 1,120 355
1960* 6,747 4,038 2,709 1,456 965 288
1950* 5,698 3,534 2,164 1,178 832 154
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*1950 and 1960 data are for the population 14 yrs old and over.
Nonwhite data is shown for Black for these years.

Source of CPS data: U. S. Bureau of the Census, Current Population
Reports, Series P20-514, "Marital Status and Living
Arrangements: March 1998 (Update)" and earlier reports.

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