Fascinating Remarriage Statistics 2022 Update

Hossein Berenji, Feb 23, 2022

In 2020, there were over 62 million married couples in the U.S. However, statistics continue to show that roughly half of all marriages in the U.S. end in divorce. Plenty of divorced people find love again and try for a second marriage.

Here are some fascinating new statistics about remarriage heading into 2022.

Remarriage Is Becoming Less Common

New data from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green State University shows that entering into a second marriage is becoming an increasingly less common choice. Over the past decade, there was a decrease in remarriage rates for both men and women.

Between 1990 and 2019, the remarriage rate decreased by 50%. Between 2008 and 2019, remarriage experienced a 25% reduction. It’s clear that with each decade, significantly fewer divorced people are choosing to try a subsequent marriage.

Social norms are probably reflected in these statistics. Over the past several decades, the choice to live together without getting married has become a common mainstream lifestyle choice.

The Pew Research Center reports that between 2007 and 2016, the rate of cohabitation increased by 29%, accounting for 18 million adults. The declining remarriage rate likely reflects the increasing social acceptability of unmarried couples living together.

Men Are More Likely to Remarry

The remarriage rate is higher for men than women. The remarriage rate for men in 2019 was 31.5 per 1,000 men eligible for remarriage. The rate for women was significantly lower, at only 19.4 per 1,000 women eligible for remarriage.

This data indicates that men are consistently more likely to attempt a second marriage than women.

Over the past decade, there has been a decline in remarriage rates for both men and women. These new numbers show that remarriage has declined for both genders.

Since 2008, remarriage for men has declined 28%, while remarriage for women has had a slightly smaller decline of 23%.

More men may choose to remarry due to the overall health benefits. A 2019 study from Harvard found that married men experience a reduced mortality rate, better heart health, and improved healing from cancer and other chronic diseases. The research overwhelmingly shows that married men live longer and suffer from fewer health issues.

The Northeastern U.S. Is Least Likely to Remarry

For both men and women, the northeastern states have the lowest remarriage rates across the country. Rhode Island and Delaware made it onto the list of states with the lowest remarriage rates for both genders.

The highest rates of remarriage for both men and women are mostly dispersed across the West and Midwest. However, Maine takes the lead in U.S. remarriages for women. Idaho has the highest remarriage rate for men and the second-highest remarriage rate for women.

Low Remarriage Means Higher Poverty

The data shows that remarriage comes with some practical financial considerations. According to a U.S. Census report on marriage, 28% of children living with a divorced parent live below the poverty line. This is significantly higher than the overall poverty rate for children, which is 19%.

Whether with or without children, 27% of divorced women were reported to be living below the poverty line. This is much higher than the 17% of divorced men living in poverty.

Remarriage Has Its Benefits

Although the remarriage rate is dropping, there are plenty of reasons why couples choose to remarry after divorce or the loss of a spouse. Perhaps unsurprisingly, love is the leading reason people decide to get married.

In addition to love, increased health, better finances, and lower poverty rates are a few of the many reasons people choose to remarry. Although the remarriage rate is declining, it looks like the choice to remarry isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.