DefinitionNumber of marriages/divorces per 1,000 persons.
NumeratorNumber of marriages/divorces.
DenominatorNumber of persons in population.
Why Is This Important?Marriage/divorce status is an important determinant of the social structure of a population. Studies have confirmed that marital status is among many health risk factors.
How Are We Doing?Generally speaking, the Utah marriage rate has experienced a fairly consistent downward trend since the year 2002 with a rate of 10.4. The Utah marriage rate did spike in 2015 with a rate of 8.1 and in 2016 with a rate of 9.0, and then in 2017 with a rate of 8.7. The rate in 2018 was 8.5.
The Utah divorce rate remained fairly consistent with a general downward trend over the past 29 years with an average rate of 4.0. The rate was 3.6 in 2016, 3.4 in 2017, and 2.9 in 2018.
How Do We Compare With the U.S.?Over the past 29 years, Utah marriage rates have been much higher than U.S. rates, but the gap is closing.
Utah and U.S. divorce rates have followed a similar steady but gradually declining trend since 1990. The Utah divorce rate is generally equal or a bit higher than that of the U.S.