Between 2005 and 2009, 10.8 percent of “white” people referred to themselves as divorced, according to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. This number only went up slightly to 11.5% for “black or African-American” people, and 12.6% for “American Indian and Alaska Native” people. However, as recent analysis of Census Bureau’s May 2011 report, “Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces: 2009,” suggests, the poor are affected by divorce more than other groups.
The Census Bureau collects marital history from about 39,000 US households and ranks information regarding marriage and divorce, categorizing data into several demographic characteristics. Some demographic characteristics make it more likely that a person would identify themselves as divorced. 24/7 Wall St. identified the characteristics that make it most likely as income, receipt of public assistance, age, education, children, and employment.
Not surprisingly, financial troubles can strain a relationship, eventually leading to a divorce. Poorer people often are less educated, which is another factor for divorce. Those who did not finish college, for instance, are 16% to 19% more likely to be recently divorced. Unfortunately, these trends can create a vicious cycle, as divorce can, in turn, result in poverty. Divorcees, and especially women, often find themselves falling into poverty once they no longer possess the financial stability a marriage can offer. As Census data illustrates, women living below the poverty line are 94% more likely to be recently divorced compared to other women. Women who receive noncash government assistance are 69% more likely to be recently divorced.
These are the Six Demographic Characteristics of Divorce.