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Babyboomers Still Pushing Up Divorce Rates

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For the past 50 years or so, Baby boomers have had a significant effect on demographic trends in many issues. As young adults, this generation took the divorce rate up to new heights, and now that these people are over 50, they are still the subject for divorce studies. Huffington Post Divorce posted a story about the question.

A study called The Gray Divorce Revolution by Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin says that the divorce rate for couples over 50 in the United States has been notably going up over the last 20 years. Their study looks at divorce rates from 1990 to 2010, concentrating on people who are 50 years old or older. Brown and Lin discovered that the divorce rate in this age group has doubled over the 20-year period in question. From 4.9 divorces in 1,000 married people in 1990 to 10 divorces in 1,000 people by 2010.

While the divorce rate for over-fifties has doubled, the overall divorce rate has stayed more or less the same, with 19 per 1,000 in 1990 and 18 per 1,000 in 2010. There are also more people in their fifties and beyond now than there were in 1990 as can be seen from the 200,000 people over 50 divorcing in 1990, compared to about 600,000 in 2010. For more information, read the Huffington Post story or the actual study.

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