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MARRIAGES & DIVORCES
In 2000, 6,271 marriages were performed in Vermont, 215 more than in 1999. The VT rate was 10.3 per 1,000 population, higher than the 2000 U.S. provisional rate of 8.5. Marriages between two out-of-state residents accounted for 33.2 percent of the marriages in Vermont (Table G-2).
There was the usual seasonal variation with more marriages occurring in summer than in any other season. September was the most popular month for marriages in 2000 (Table G-7).
Less than half (49 percent) of the marriages were firsts for both bride and groom (Table G-5). Sixty percent were first marriages for the bride and almost 62 percent were first marriages for the groom. Remarriages for both bride and groom accounted for 27.4 percent of marriages in Vermont.
The percentage of civil ceremonies increased to 57.1 percent in 2000. This percentage has increased every year since 1990 when it was 47.2 percent.
There were 2,526 divorces granted in 2000, a decrease of 126 from 1999. This represents a rate of 4.1 per 1,000 residents, equal to the U.S. 2000 provisional rate.
The median length of marriages ending in divorce was 9 years 3 months, with a range of 2 months to 57 years 4 months. Fifty seven percent of divorces followed a separation of a year or longer. The median age at the time of divorce was 38 for women with a range of 17 to 84 years. The median age at the time of divorce was 40 for men with a range of 19 to 88 years.
In 2000, 50.0 percent of divorces involved at least one child under the age of 18 (Table H-5), and a total of 2,236 children (Table H-7) were involved in a divorce. This represents 1.5 percent of all children residing in Vermont.
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