Statistics is a mathematical science pertaining to the collection, analysis, interpretation or explanation, and presentation of data.1 The following links will direct you to Michigan vital statistics as to divorce rates. Almost every state has a vital statistics division that will report divorce statistics.
Remember, statistics can be tricky. For example, in 2005 the State of Michigan reports 61,108 people got married and 34,580 divorced. Dividing these figures may lead you to conclude that the divorce rate is 61,108 ÷ 34,580 or 57%. However, this simple division compares apples to oranges inasmuch as it is not true that 57% of marriages in 2005 ended in divorce in 2005.
Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1998 (P20-514)
Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1997 (Update) (P20-506)
Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1996 (P20-496)
Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1995 (Update) (P20-491)
- Report (including detailed tables) [PDF - 737k]
- Summary Data Tables
Marital Status and Living Arrangements: March 1994 (P20-484)
- Report (including detailed tables) [PDF - 1M]
Households, Families, and Children: A 30-Year Perspective (P23-181: Published 1992)
- Report [PDF - 34M]
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the 1990s (P23-180: Published 1992)
Studies in Household and Family Formation (P23-169: Published 1990)
- Remarriage Among Women in the United States: 1985 [PDF - 6.8M]
- Living Arrangements of Young Adults Living Independently: Evidence From the Luxembourg Income Study [PDF - 5.3M]
- Appendix [PDF - 2.8M]
Studies in Marriage and the Family (P23-162: Published 1989)
- Singleness in America [PDF - 10M]
- Single Parents and Their Children [PDF - 6.8M]
- Married-Couple Families With Children [PDF - 6.4M]
- Appendix [PDF - 1.8M]
Number, Timing, and Duration of Marriages and Divorces in the United States: June 1975 (P20-297)
Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage by Year of Birth: June 1971 (P20-239)
OTHER TECHNICAL AND ANALYTICAL REPORTS
Social and Economic Variations in Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: 1967 (P20-223)
Read the fact sheet on differences between the marital status estimates from the American Community Survey (ACS) and the Annual Social and Economic Supplement to the Current Population Survey (CPS-ASEC).
The main CPS website provides data downloading, access to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and to the technical documentation for different CPS supplements. You can also access technical documentation on monthly survey on the Web site.
CPS data is also available in other areas of the Census Bureau site. The CPS FTP download page allows you to download the datasets for statistical purposes. Any questions on this page should be directed to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
CPS Definitions and Explanations
CPS definitions and explanations are available from the Current Population Survey Web site.