Divorce Rates Drop For The College Educated

Posted on Dec 23, 2010
The National Marriage Project has released their annual study on marriage, The State of Our Unions 2010, with some surprising results. One of the most interesting numbers? While divorce rates are up very slightly from the 1970s for those who hold high school diplomas (from 36 percent to 37 percent) the divorce rate among college-educated couples has dropped by four percent, from 15 percent to 11 percent.

At the same time, those with college degrees continue to have very low rates of birth outside of marriage, with six percent of those with higher degrees having children outside of wedlock. As a contrast, 44 percent of moderately educated parents are having children without saying vows – even though about have of those families live together.

Those with college educations also report being in happier marriages and to be more satisfied than those with high school educations. Specifically, women at the age of forty with college educations were more likely to be married, more likely to have children in wedlock, and happier with their relationship than those with fewer years of schooling.

Experts speculate that those with more education wait later to choose a partner, get married, and start families – another choice that has been associated with successful marriages. In addition, those with college educations often have higher incomes and face fewer financial challenges. A number of divorce studies have found that money worries and fights about finances is one of the leading causes of divorce.

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