Divorce Rates and Income

Divorce rates are tied to job security, age, and occupation, so it should make sense that we see a pattern when we plot divorce rates against income.

PERCENTAGE

DIVORCED

BY INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME

OUT OF POPULATION WHO MARRIED AT LEAST ONCE AND EARNED INCOME DURING PAST YEAR

50%

40%

30%

Rates appear to level off around 30 percent.

20%

There is less data at higher incomes, so there is more noise.

10%

0%

$0

$200,000

$400,000

$600,000

$800,000

$1,000,000+

TOTAL ANNUAL INCOME

Compiled from estimates from the 2019 American Community Survey

PERCENTAGE

DIVORCED

BY INDIVIDUAL ANNUAL INCOME

OUT OF POPULATION WHO MARRIED AT LEAST ONCE AND EARNED INCOME DURING PAST YEAR

50%

40%

30%

20%

10%

0%

$0

$200k

$400k

$600k

$800k

$1M+

TOTAL ANNUAL INCOME

Compiled from estimates from the 2019 American Community Survey

There’s a tight decrease in divorce rate for incomes between $10,000 and $200,000 per year, and then rates seems to flatten out around 30 percent after that.

There’s some fluctuation showing in the higher incomes. But it’s hard to say if that’s actually what’s happening or if there are just fewer data points at higher incomes to calculate rates. I suspect the latter.

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