Year

Divorces per 1,000 population

1950 ...........

2.6

1955 ...........

2.3

1957 ...........

2.2

1960 ...........

2.2

1965 ...........

2.5

1970 ...........

3.5

1971 ...........

3.7

1972 ...........

4.0

1973 ...........

4.3

1974 ...........

4.6

1975 ...........

4.8

1976 ...........

5.0

1977 ...........

5.0

1978 ...........

5.1

1979 ...........

5.3

1980 ...........

5.2

1981 ...........

5.3

1982 ...........

5.1

1983 ...........

5.0

1984 ...........

5.0

1985 ...........

5.0

1986 ...........

4.9

1987 ...........

4.8

1988 ...........

4.8

1989 ...........

4.7

1990 ...........

4.7

1991 ...........

4.7

1992 ...........

4.8

1993 ...........

4.6

1994 ...........

4.6

1995 ...........

4.4

1996 ...........

4.3

1997 ...........

4.3

1998 ..........

4.2

1999 ..........

4.1

2000 ..........

4.2

2001 ..........

4.0

Includes reported annulments and some estimated state figures for all years. Starting in 1998, divorce rate excludes data for California, Colorado, Indiana, and Louisiana; population for this rate also excludes these states.

Copied from Table 83 on p. 4 of pdf of Section 2 of 2003 Statistical Abstract of the U.S., at http://www.census.gov/prod/2004pubs/03statab/vitstat.pdf