America has plenty of divorces. But is it true that half of all marriages end in divorce?
Last year, for every 1,000 women in the United States, there were 17 marriages – and nine divorces. But the people getting married are different from the people getting divorced. Divorces actually peaked in the early 1980s and have been declining since then. The lifetime divorce rate is less than 40%. For people with college degrees it's less than 30%. Divorce rates are higher for blacks, lower for Hispanics, below 20% for ethnic Asians.
But that one-half-of-all-marriages-fail thing doesn't apply to any of these segments.
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