National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles

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Nearly half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce (Amato, 2010; Cherlin, 2010), and the remarriage rate has declined steadily in recent decades (Brown & Lin, 2013; Schweizer, 2019). Using the 2008 and 2018 American Community Survey (ACS), we examine change over time in the remarriage rate (defined as the number of marriages per 1,000 divorced or widowed individuals). Further, we differentiate between men and women and examine variation in decadal change by educational attainment and race/ethnicity. This profile is an update to previous profiles on the U.S. remarriage rate (FP-14-10, FP-12-14, FP-18-16). In 2018, there were 26 remarriages per 1,000 men and women aged 18 and older who were eligible for a remarriage, down from 33 remarriages in 2008.

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National Center for Family and Marriage Research