More couples are staying together

The marriage rate has decreased nationally over the last 10 years, and the same holds true in Idaho. However the numbers of divorce in Idaho have dropped significantly in the past decade.

PAYETTE COUNTY - More Idaho couples are staying together these days, as the results of studies conducted by QuoteWizard suggest: Idaho saw the ninth-best divorce rate decrease in the country, with statewide divorce rates down 24%.

Nathan Barber, Content Specialist for QuoteWizard, also points out these findings which suggest this decrease is not an anomaly:

• Idaho’s marriage rates have also decreased by 12.36% in that same time period.

• Idaho’s marriage rate in 2009 was 8.9%. In 2018 it was 7.8%.

• Idaho’s divorce rate in 2009 was 5%. In 2018 it was 3.8%

• Nationally, the marriage rate has decreased by 7.74% over the last 10 years.

• Nationally, divorce rates on the decline by 19.55% over the last 10 years.

“QuoteWizard by LendingTree analyzed National Centers for Health Statistics data on marriage and divorce rates in the United States and compared both sets over a 10 year period per 1000 people. We then ranked each state by marriage and divorce rates,” said Barber.

Data provided by Pam Harper, Research Analyst Supervisor for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare stand to back up QuoteWizard’s findings:

In 2009, 7,729 couples divorced statewide in Idaho; In 2018, the most recent year for which data is available, only 6,735 couples split. In Payette County during the same period, that figure went from 144 divorces in 2009 to only 94 in 2018.

“Marriage rates are on the decrease as well,” noted Harper.

A total of 13,771 Idaho couples tied the knot in 2009, compared to 13,717 in 2018. In Payette County, that went from 201 couples saying “I do” in 2009 to 163 in 2018.

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