Marriage Rates on the Rise, New Data Shows

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Marriage Rates on the Rise, New Data Shows

By Movieguide® Contributor 

A recent CDC study has revealed that marriages are on the rise, reaching pre-pandemic numbers.

At the height of the COVID pandemic, marriage rates plummeted, likely due to venue closures and postponed weddings. However, a notable rise was observed in 2022, totaling 2,065,905, according to the CDC. 

The center reported, “This marked the first instance of surpassing the 2 million mark since 2019 when the figure stood at 2,015,603. The marriage rate also experienced a significant increase, reaching 6.2 per 1,000 population – the highest rate observed since 2018.”

The study also noted the five states with the highest marriage rates, which are Nevada, Hawaii, Montana, Utah, and Arkansas. 

Divorce rates have also declined. 

In 2022, they declined, reaching “673,989 and 2.4 per 1,000 population.” They continue to decrease; however, these numbers do not include California, Hawaii, Indiana, Minnesota and New Mexico. 

It’s encouraging to see divorce rates decline as it hurts people physically and spiritually. 

Forbes reported, “One of those consequences [of divorce] is an increased risk of early death. Sadly, the mortality rate is 1,363 per 100,000 for divorcees compared with 779 per 100,000 for married couples. Divorced men bear the brunt of this increased risk, with mortality rates of 1,772 per 100,000 compared to divorce women with mortality rates of 1,095 per 100,000.” 

The Bible warns against divorce in Malachi 2:16, which says, “’For I hate divorce,’ says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘and him who covers his garment with violence,’ says the Lord of armies. ‘So be careful about your spirit, that you do not deal treacherously.’” 

While there are a variety of unfortunate and even unavoidable reasons for divorce, we can celebrate that more people are marrying and staying married.

Movieguide® noted, “studies still show that married husbands and wives, and their children, are happier, healthier and wealthier, if not wiser, than any other kind of household.” 

Movieguide® previously reported: 

The statistic that half of marriages end in divorce surfaced in the 1970s and has been the purveying message for decades. A recent study revealed that divorce rates are declining, and that statistic is no longer accurate.

“No longer do 50% of all marriages end in divorce. As a matter of fact, it is more like 35% – 39% of all marriages. The divorce rate trend has been sliding downward ever since its 50% peak,” the study said.

“Interestingly, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which sparked an onslaught of attention-grabbing headlines suggesting that the mandated stay-at-home lockdowns caused marital discord (and Covid-induced divorce) turned out to be largely false. Divorce rates have continued their steady decline even through the end of 2021.”