Some time ago in the Sacramento Bee I saw an article that contained some interesting Facts & Figures about Marriage and Relationships. I ripped the article out, but failed to post it here until now. As someone who works in family law, I’m always interested in these sorts of statistics! I updated the original Bee list to include information related to same sex marriages in California..
- 753,000: Estimated number of households in the Sacramento metropolitan area.
- 374,000: Estimated number of those households shared by married couples.
- 46,000: Estimate of those households that are shared by a man and woman. Of these 3,300 are shared by two women and 2,940 are shared by two men.
- 8 Years: The average length of first marriages that end in divorce in the United States. (Note that in California, a “long term marriage” under the Family Code is 10 years. This has important implications for spousal support!)
- 3.5 Years: Median time between divorce and a second marriage.
- 12 of men & 13% of women: Proportions of those over 15 years of age who had married twice by 2004.
- 3 of men and women had married three or more times by 2004.
- 58 percent of women 15 and older had married only once as of 2004.
- 54 percent of American men had married once as of 2004.
- 38 percent of men in their 50’s had been divorced by 2004.
- 41 percent of women in their 50’s had been divorced by 2004.
- About 33 percent of men and 25 percent of women reported never having married.
- 28.4: Median age at marriage for men in California. (Nationally it is 27.5.)
- 26.2: Median age at marriage for women in California. (Nationally it is 25.9.)
- 45,515: Number of domestic-partner declarations filed in California with the Secretary of State’s office between 2000 and September of 2008. (Note that domestic partnerships are still available in California even after Proposition 8. Domestic partners have many of the same legal protections and benefits as married spouses in California).
- 5,335: Number of terminations of domestic partnerships filed with the Secretary of State’s office.
- 18,000: Approximate number of same sex marriages validated in California before the passage of Proposition Eight.
- 4037: Number of marriage licenses issued to same sex couples on the day before the State Supreme Court issued its stay.
- 57 percent of same sex couples in California were women.
- 74 percent of same sex couples in California were over the age of 35.
- 69 percent of same sex couples in California held at least one college degree.
P.S. — I have started a new Legal Technology blog also on Xanga called “Law Tech Geek.” I imagine it will mostly appeal to attorneys who are interested in learning more about how technology relates to law practice management. However, it might have some interest to techies. Everyone is welcome to check it out!
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