Likelihood of Remarriage
remarriage statistics and facts

Remarriage statistics complied from the National Center for Health Statistics (2002) show:

  • 54 percent of divorced women remarry within 5 years
  • 75 percent of divorced women remarry within 10 years
  • Black women are the least likely to remarry
  • White women are the most likely to remarry

A 2002 study by the National Center for Health Statistics (part of the CDC in the USA) collected information on remarriage among other information on women.

General Findings

Over half of divorced women remarried within 5 years and three quarters were remarried within 10 years.

Race and likelihood of remarriage

There were racial differences with white women most likely to get remarried, Hispanic women next and black women were the least likely to get remarried.

Age at divorce and chance of remarriage

Age also played a role.  If women were under the age of 25 at the time of their divorce they were most likely to get remarried. Those under 25 at divorce had an 81% chance of getting remarried within ten years. Women over 25 at the time of their divorce had a 68% chance of remarriage within ten years.

Other factors and chance of getting remarried

  • Higher family income seemed to increase the probability that women would get remarried. However interviews with remarried women could reflect increased family income from the remarriage itself.
  • Women in the Southern states were more likely to remarry than other women.
  • Though not statistically significant,  the results do suggest that remarriage is more likely if there are no children present at the time of the divorce
  • Women whose first birth was at least 7 months after first marriage are more likely to remarry after divorce than women whose first birth occurred before or just after marriage
  • Women who have never had a birth are less likely to remarry than women who had had a birth by the time of the interview for this report
  • Many of these differences in the probability of remarriage are reduced after 10 years of divorce.
  • The probability of remarriage is lower in communities with very high unemployment, poverty and receipt of public assistance, and very low median family income
  • The probability of remarriage is about 45 percent higher for nonmetropolitan areas than for central cities, for all women and white women 

Note that this report is in PDF format.
Bramlett MD and Mosher WD. Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the United States . National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Health Stat 23(22). 2002.