Even though labeled as “newlyweds,” 42% of newly married couples in 2008-2010 have been married before (either husband or wife or both).
All references in this report to whites, blacks, and Asians refer to the non-Hispanic portions of those groups. Paul Taylor, director of the Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends project, provided the editorial guidance and also edited the report.
Kim Parker, associate director of the Social & Demographic Trends project, provided valuable comments and suggestions.
All figures are based on national, regional, and state marriage breakup rates per 1,000 men and women aged 15 and over in 2009. For Midwest region of America, the rate for men and women in 2009 is 9.1 and 9.2 respectively.
In the south region the rate for men in 2009 is 10.2 and that for women is 11.1.
Also experts believe that the current rates trend might go down more in coming years as more and more couples prefer a live-in relationship. King on behalf of the Education Resources Information Center.