During the twentieth century, the divorce rate in the United States increased overall, although it has been declining in recent decades. Using National Vital Statistics, Decennial Census, and American Community Survey data, we investigate women’s divorce rate and the proportion of women separated/divorced over time from 1900 to 2018. Then, we examine currently separated/divorced women by race/ethnicity and educational attainment from 1940 to 2018. This is a companion profile to FP-20-21 on marriage and FP-20-23 on widowhood.
Schweizer, Valerie J., "FP-20-22 Divorce: More than a Century of Change, 1900-2018" (2020). National Center for Family and Marriage Research Family Profiles. 235.
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