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US Census Data Shows Decrease in Divorce Rates

Posted May 18, 2011 11:04 AM CDT
By Stephanie Francis Ward

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The number of divorces in the United States is leveling off after decades of increases, according to new U.S. census figures.

The data shows that women between the ages of 50 and 59 who had been married had a 41 percent divorce rate, the Associated Press reports. In 2004, that number was 44 percent.

Also, the new data shows that 55 percent of all married couples have been together at least 15 years, the Washington Post reports, and 35 percent have celebrated their 25th anniversaries.

Rose Kreider, a census demographer, told the Associated Press that increased costs, more couples living together before marriage and people getting married later in life contributed to the decline in divorce rates.

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