What Populations Have the Highest Divorce Rates?


Trying to understand and provide reason for why individuals separate has permeated researchers’ minds for decades. In order to better understand and relate to clients’ needs, your Orlando Divorce Attorney has taken information from countless studies from around the country and compiled a list of factors that may affect the success of your union. These factors include profession, ethnicity, age, religion, education, prior marriages, and even geographic location.

The overall divorce rate in the United States, as reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention is 3.2 per 1,000 people. This averages to be around 50%. However, there are certain factors that can help or hinder your chances to a long happy marriage. A knowledgeable Orlando Divorce Attorney is not only familiar with divorce law, but the statistical data that sometimes leads to divorce throughout the country.  

For instance, your relationship history could have an effect on the success of your marriage. If in your first marriage, your divorce rate calculates to be around 41%. This number exponentially increases with subsequent marriages. If involved in your second marriage, the rate of divorce is 60% while third marriages end in divorce 73% of the time. Further, if you and your partner cohabitated before marriage your success rate may be slightly lowered to 46% compared to those who wait to marry and live together having a success rate of 57%.

Further, your education level can have significant effects on the longevity of your marriage. Studies show, about 30% of college educated individuals will subsequently terminate their marriage while those with a high school education have a 40% chance of divorce. This directly correlates to the geographic location statistics. Statistics show Northeastern states having the lowest divorce rates, averaging around 6% while their residents also maintain the highest education level completion rates. In comparison to their Southern counterparts who’s divorce rates average around 11%.

Careers can also be considered a hazard in a relationship that statistically aid in divorce rates. According to research, Gaming Managers have a divorce rate of 52.9%, the highest in the country. Following close behind are Bartenders 52.7%, Flight Attendants 50.5%, Massage Therapists 38.2% and Nurses 28.9%. Contrasting with Actuaries 17%, Physical Scientist 18.9%, Clergy 19.8%, Software Developers 20.3%, Physicians 21.8% and finally Military at 3.4%.

An individual’s ethnicity or racial background may also affect the outcome of your marriage. Asian females are more likely to stay married than any other counterpart with a success rate of 70%. Meanwhile, Hispanic and white women drop to a success rate of 50%. Even further, black women have a marriage success rate of 37%. Further, their gender counterparts report different data. Hispanic men have the highest marriage success rate of 62%. Compared to white men at 54% and black men at 53%.

With marriage finding its roots within many religions, it is not shocking to note how religion could play a role within your relationship. Some researchers claim this factor to have the most weight in divorce prediction. Those who believe in religion and regularly practice are 14% more likely to remain married in comparison to their no religious affiliation counterparts.  Narrowing down to specific religions; evangelical Protestants have a 28% likelihood of divorce compared to Catholic’s at 19%. Those of the Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist faith boast of a divorce rate of only 1%.

Age has always been a popular factor to study in regards to divorce rates. According to recent data, those with the highest divorce rate are between the ages of 20-24 with a rate of 37%. This percentage slowly declines with 19% of divorces occurring between the ages of 25-29; 10% between the ages of 30-34; 5.5% between the ages of 35-39 and 8% above the age of 40.

Your demographic profile does not dictate the success or failure of your marriage. Statistics are only numbers. However, if your marriage has succumbed to failure, speak with an experienced Orlando Divorce Attorney who is knowledge provides a better understanding and empathy to your situation and ensures quality representation.  Speak to one of our Orlando divorce attorneys if you are facing a divorce case. We accept calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact us at 800-822-5171 or complete an online contact form to get in touch with a member of our team today. We also have offices in Panama City, Fort Walton, Pensacola, and Navarre Florida.

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