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How the divorce rate has changed over the last 150 years

INSIDER Logo By Frank Olito of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 14: 
  The INSIDER data team examined divorce rates over the past
  150 years and found some interesting trends. 
  
  Divorce rates steadily increased from the mid-1800s to the
  1950s.
  
  The biggest increase in divorces was between the '60s and
  '70s.
  
  Since the turn of the 21st century, divorce has been on the
  decline.
  

  It's commonly believed that half of all marriages today end in
  divorce. It certainly feels that way, as headlines are filled
  with famous couples parting ways.
  But it hasn't always been this way. In fact, divorce was once
  taboo. 

  To see how divorce changed over time, the INSIDER data team
  compiled information within the US from the CDC and data scientist Randy Olson. Since we know the
  number of divorces every year, but the population changes, we
  calculated the rate of divorce for every 1,000 people. It became
  clear that half of all marriages don't end in divorce
  today. In fact, divorce is on the decline these days. 

  Keep reading to see more surprising trends the divorce rate has
  had throughout the years.

  • The INSIDER data team examined divorce rates over the past 150 years and found some interesting trends.
  • Divorce rates steadily increased from the mid-1800s to the 1950s.
  • The biggest increase in divorces was between the '60s and '70s.
  • Since the turn of the 21st century, divorce has been on the decline.

It's commonly believed that half of all marriages today end in divorce. It certainly feels that way, as headlines are filled with famous couples parting ways. But it hasn't always been this way. In fact, divorce was once taboo.

To see how divorce changed over time, the INSIDER data team compiled information within the US from the CDC and data scientist Randy Olson. Since we know the number of divorces every year, but the population changes, we calculated the rate of divorce for every 1,000 people. It became clear that half of all marriages don't end in divorce today. In fact, divorce is on the decline these days.

Keep reading to see more surprising trends the divorce rate has had throughout the years.

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