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Health Indicator Report of Marriage and Divorce

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.

Marriage and Divorce Rates, Utah and U.S., 1990-2017

Data Sources

  • Population Estimates: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) through a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Census Bureau, IBIS Version 2017
  • Office of Vital Records and Statistics, Utah Department of Health
  • National Center for Health Statistics
  • National Vital Statistics System, National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Number of marriages/divorces per 1,000 persons.


Number of marriages/divorces.


Number of persons in population.

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 Utah divorce rate stays fairly consistent with a general downward trend over the past 25 years with an average rate of 4.1. The rate was 3.6 in 2016 and 3.4 in 2017.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Over the past 25 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 grandually declining trend since 1990. The Utah divorce rate is generally equal or a bit higher than that of the U.S.
Page Content Updated On 11/15/2018, Published on 12/13/2018
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Content updated: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:03:28 MDT