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South Carolina
Divorce Statistics

South Carolina Divorce Rates

Note: 2020 is the most recently available statistic for South Carolina.

  • According to the latest official statistics available (2020), there were 10,261 divorces in South Carolina, representing a divorce rate of 2.5%.
  • These statistics place South Carolina as the 25th state in the number of divorces and the 21st highest in divorce rate, with 5.70 divorces per thousand people.
  • On average, there were 28 divorces per day. The average duration of current marriages in South Carolina stands at 20.8 years.

National Marriage and Divorce Rates 2017-2021

2017 Marriage and Divorce rates

  • In 2017, there were 2,236,496 recorded marriages.
  • The 2017 marriage rate was 6.9 per 1,000 American citizens.
  • In 2017, there were also 787,251 divorces and annulments.
  • The 2017 divorce rate was 2.9 per 1,000 members of the population.

2018 Marriage and Divorce rates

  • In 2018, the number of marriages slightly decreased to 2,132,853,
  • The 2018 marriage rate dropped to 6.5 per 1,000 citizens.
  • The number of divorces also marginally declined to 782,038, maintaining a divorce rate of 2.9.

2019 Marriage and Divorce rates

  • In 2019, there were 2,015,603 recorded marriages, reducing the marriage rate to 6.1.
  • The number of divorces also fell to 746,971, leading to a divorce rate of 2.7.

2020 Marriage and Divorce rates

  • In 2020, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could be seen with a significant drop in marriages to 1,676,911,
  • The 2020 marriage rate fell to 5.1 per 1,000 American citizens.
  • Divorces also saw a substantial decrease to 630,505, lowering the divorce rate to 2.3.

2021 Marriage and Divorce rates

  • In 2021, there was a recovery with 1,985,072 marriages.
  • The 2021 marriage rate rose to 6.0 per 1,000 American citizens.
  • Divorces increased to 689,308, giving a divorce rate of 2.5.

National Divorce Data Trends

  • Between 2000 and 2021, both the marriage and divorce rates in the United States have experienced a significant decline.
  • The marriage rate dropped from 8.2 per 1,000 population in 2000 to 6.0 in 2021. Similarly, the divorce rate decreased from 4.00 per 1,000 population to 2.5.
  • In terms of absolute numbers, there were 944,000 divorces and annulments in 2000, which had fallen to 689,308 by 2021. This decrease aligns with the CDC's findings, which show a nearly 20% decline in the United States divorce rates over the last decade.

South Carolina Divorce Trends

  • In South Carolina, the trend followed the national pattern, with the divorce rate averaging 2.4 per 1,000 people in 2021. This figure is a decrease from 1990 when the divorce rate stood at 4.5 divorces for every 1,000 inhabitants in the state.

In conclusion, while there's a general trend towards fewer marriages and divorces in the United States and South Carolina, the numbers still represent a significant portion of the population experiencing these life events yearly.