California Divorce Statistics

Although it is never the intended outcome, the reality is that many marriages end in divorce. If you have not experienced divorce yourself, you know someone that has ended their marriage. Below are some interesting statistics about California divorce.


  • 97,315 men and 112,111 women got divorced in California in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau 2017 American Community Survey.
  • 1,751,732 divorced women were living in California in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • 1,216,173 divorced men were living in California in 2018, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2013-2017 American Community Survey, the divorce rate in California is 9.4.
  • 8% of men and 20.7% percent of women living in California have been married two or more times.


Below is a list of the counties in California with the highest divorce rate according to the  U.S. Census Bureau's 2013-2017 American Community Survey. The divorce rate is the number of divorces per 1,000 people in the population over the age of 15.

  1. Clearlake
  • Population: 15,061
  • Divorced Residents: 2,900
  • Divorce Rate: 21.4%
  • Median Income: $27,034
  1. Fort Bragg
  • Population: 7,269
  • Divorced Residents: 1,275
  • Divorce Rate: 19.5%
  • Median Income: $41,273
  1. Grass Valley
  • Population: 12,893
  • Divorced Residents: 2,227
  • Divorce Rate: 19.2%
  • Median Income: $35,157
  1. Shasta Lake
  • Population: 10,125
  • Divorced Residents: 1,704
  • Divorce Rate: 18.7%
  • Median Income: $49,643
  1. Ukiah
  • Population: 15,917
  • Divorced Residents: 2,678
  • Divorce Rate: 18.7%
  • Median Income: $43,480


  • The statistic that 50% of all marriages end in divorce is thrown around a lot. This is wrong. The divorce rate has leveled off after decreasing from it's all-time high around 1980. According to an article by TIME, experts now put the chance of divorce in the United States at 39%.
  • People are waiting longer to get married. The median age for first marriage is 29.8 and 27.8 years for men and women, respectively. In 2018, only 29 percent of young adults ages 18 to 34 were married. This is compared to 59 percent of young adults who were married in 1978.
  • The number of young adults cohabiting with an unmarried partner has increased. In 2018, 15 percent of young adults ages 25 to 34 lived with an unmarried partner, an increase from 12 percent in 2008.
  • The divorce rate is higher for those who remarry. 60% of second marriages end in divorce, and 73% of third marriages end in divorce.
  • The average length of a first marriage that ends in divorce is eight years.
  • According to the CDC, in 2017, there were 787,251 divorces and annulments in the United States.


If you are getting a divorce in San Jose, you should contact the dedicated attorneys at Moreno Family Law Firm. With over 30 years of experience in family law, The Moreno Family Law Firm has the expertise to get you the best outcome possible. To find out how they can help you, call The Moreno Family Law Firm today at 408-266-9011 for a consultation

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